May 2018

Paedophile caught on camera molesting nine-year-old girl and three boys

A “dangerous” paedophile who claimed he was just a “cuddly” drunk after sexually assaulting four children in an Ilminster pub has lost an appeal against his jail term.

Predatory Martyn Lee Walker, 26, of no fixed address, was caught on camera molesting a nine-year-old girl and three young boys in the pub.

Despite having previous convictions for child sex crimes, Walker claimed he was innocent and said alcohol made him “cuddly” with young children.

He was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and jailed for seven years, with another two years on extended licence, at Taunton Crown Court last September.

On Thursday, May 10, he appealed against the length of his sentence, claiming the crown court judge was wrong to punish him so severely for his crimes.

But the appeal was dismissed when Lord Justice McCombe said the judge was justified in highlighting the “risk” Walker poses to children.

“We have no hesitation in saying that the judge’s conclusion that he was a dangerous offender was entirely justified,” said the appeal judge.

“This was apparent from the present offences, the previous convictions for similar offences, and the conclusions of the pre-sentence report.

“This was clearly a case in which an extended sentence could be considered.

“On the facts of the case, we are satisfied the judge could have come to no other conclusion.”

The court heard Walker was convicted in 2009 of sexual assaults against a boy, but was not jailed for those crimes.

He attacked the four children in Ilminster after worming his way into the girl’s affections with praise and compliments, said the judge.

But she told her family what had happened and Walker was reported to police.

In a pre-sentence report, he was said to pose a “high risk of serious harm to children”. The danger could arise “without warning at any time”, the report writer said.

Lawyers for Walker argued that the sentence was too long because he was wrongly assessed as “dangerous” and was not given enough credit for pleading guilty.

But Lord Justice McCombe, sitting with Judge Clement Goldstone QC and Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, dismissed the appeal.

“The overall criminality clearly justified the sentences that were actually passed in this case,” he said.

November 2017

Man jailed after being caught on CCTV abusing kids in Ilminster pub

A PAEDOPHILE with a history of sexual assault has been jailed after he was caught on CCTV repeatedly touching a group of children in an Ilminster pub.

Martyn Walker, 26, was sentenced to seven years in prison at Taunton Crown Court last week after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges of carrying out sexual acts on children under the age of 13.

The court heard that Walker had been in an Ilminster pub at the time of the offending, when he sexually touched four children, the youngest being just two years of age.

The defendant, who appeared by video link from Exeter HMP, had been playing pool with one of the children out of sight of their parents when he began his ‘opportunistic’ assaults which continued over a period of two hours.

Virginia Cornwall, prosecuting, said: “On the day of the offending, the children were running around together. It was an ordinary afternoon.

“However, the defendant was taking every opportunity to sexually touch the children in the area of the pool table.”

The court heard that the most serious of the allegations involved Walker touching a girl under her clothing.

Judge David Evans said: “I have watched the CCTV footage and the defendant is constantly touching her.”

Miss Cornwall added: “She kept asking him to stop. She didn’t tell her mum because she was scared she wouldn’t believe her, but she did tell her grandfather.”

The victim’s family reported the incident to Chard Police Station and Walker was arrested at 9pm that same day.

The court heard Walker denied sexually touching the girl in his interview and police were not fully aware of the extent of his crimes against all four children until after they had viewed the CCTV footage.

Judge Evans said that parents had described Walker as previously being “nice and trustworthy” and added that they “clearly had some confidence in him”.

He added: “You (Walker) were known to the adults in that pub. No one there had any cause for concern about your potential behaviour.”

However, the court heard Walker had previously been convicted of 10 offences of a sexual nature against two young boys when he was 17.

When he was sentenced in 2009, Walker was given a sexual harm prevention order which the court removed at his request in January.

Judge Evans said: “It is now clear that you have not overcome the sexual and psychological urges which underlie your offending.”
In sentencing, the judge said the children had entered the pub with their parents after a day at school.

He added: “While adults were socialising, the girl asked you for a game of pool, which happened to be around the corner out of sight.
“Your sexual urge to touch the girl and the boys is, from the footage, as plain as day.”

Walker’s most frequent and serious assaults were conducted against a girl under 13.

Judge Evans said: “She told the police you groomed her, but she didn’t use that word. When you did offend against her you touched various parts of her body – her backside, between her legs, over her clothing and on occasion under her clothing. You were also kissing her.

“You were urgent, even frantic and at times forceful. As a result, you hurt her.

“She didn’t have the resources to rescue herself from the situation, and as she left the pub you told her not to tell anyone.

“It can be seen your touching is sexual and it can be seen you had touched those boys.”

Walker was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison for his crimes, followed by two years on license. He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for life.

September 2017

Pervert told he is going to jail after admitting sexually abusing a five-year-old

A 26-year-old paedophile has been told he is facing jail after he admitted sexually abusing a five-year-old.

Martyn Walker, from Court Barton, Ilminster, admitted a single charge of sexual assault when he appeared before Taunton Crown Court this morning. (September 20).

Judge David Evans adjourned the cause so a pre-sentence report could be created, but told the probation service he wanted the know exactly how much of a danger Walker could pose.

No further details were heard during the short hearing.

The judge told Walker he would be going to jail and said the report would help to determine just how long he would be imprisoned for.

The case was adjourned until October 20 for sentencing and Walker was remanded in custody until then.