March 2015

Vile and depraved paedophile jailed after abusing young girl

A vile and depraved paedophile that raped a young girl hundreds of times has been jailed

Groundwork contractor Martin William Colwell, 46 of St Weonards appeared at Hereford Crown Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the following charges:

  • Eleven ‘specimen counts’ of rape of a female child aged under 13

  • Indecent assault on a female child

However, the jury saw through his lies and found him guilty of all of the offences.

The court was told that the victim was just 11 years old when former taxi driver Colwell began abusing her. 

The victim told the court that over the course of five years, Colwell repeatedly raped her hundreds of times. She stated the abuse took place on a monthly basis.

The underage schoolgirl became pregnant through one of the rapes and a DNA test later proved that he was the father and confirmed she was 15-years-old at the time of conception

The judge sentenced him to 17 years – of which a minimum of eight years must be spent in prison before possible release

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life