August 2010

Bell Green man faces jail for sex with boy in Leamington park

A Coventry man who sexually abused a 13-year-old boy at a nature reserve has been told he will be sent to prison.

Martin Humphries, aged 42, of Henley Road, Bell Green, was ordered to sign the sex offenders register after admitting the abuse, which took place in Newbold Comyn, Leamington, on two occasions in April.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual activity with a child, relating to two separate sexual acts with the boy on April 23, and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

He also pleaded guilty to three further offences of sexual activity with a child when he met the boy again six days later and one of inciting the boy to engage in sexual activity with him.

Yesterday’s case had originally been listed as a preliminary hearing.

Usually the case would have been adjourned to a later date for prosecution papers to be served.

But Humphries’ barrister Jennifer Josephs asked for the case to be put back until later in the day after her client made admissions to the charges.

She said: “I have seen the papers this morning, and I believe the case is capable of resolution today, without an adjournment for plea and case management.”

When the case resumed, Humphries entered guilty pleas to seven charges.

Accepting those pleas, prosecutor Iain Willis said a further charge of sexual activity, alleging a further indecent act which Humphries denied, could be left to lie on the court file, without Humphries going to trial on the charge. Adjourning the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Humphries, who has no previous convictions, Judge Christopher Hodson granted him bail.

But he imposed conditions that Humphries should have no contact with the boy or any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16, and also ordered him to register as a sex offender.

And Judge Hodson warned Humphries: “You should not read into the granting of bail what the sentence will be.

“These are serious offences, and will be dealt with by a sentence of imprisonment.

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