Sunday, 25 Oct 2020

OAP branded ‘dirty b***ard’ after groping man’s testicles set for jail release

A scumbag OAP branded a "dirty b***ard" by one of five victims after groping men's testicles and squeezing people's buttocks is set for jail release.

Vile Clement Martin, 73, of no fixed address, admitted four counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.

He targeted men and women in Bootle, Merseyside.

But now he is set to walk free after his string of sick attacks, reports LiverpoolEcho.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the attacks came to the attention of police after Martin sexually assaulted one man, (Man A).

Sarah Holt, prosecuting, said this victim told Martin that a woman (Woman A) would be coming to join them that evening.

Martin replied "I'd love to f*** her" and when challenged and told such comments were inappropriate, said that he didn't care. He then asked the man for help to light a cigarette, before grabbing one of his buttocks and squeezing with his hand.

The victim was shocked and pulled away, then remonstrated with Martin, but the OAP replied "you liked it" and accused him of having an erection, which Man A denied.

Ms Holt said Martin then became aggressive "for no apparent reason" and threatened the victim and another man, Man B, telling them he was going to start "breaking bones".

Attempts to calm him down failed and Martin armed himself with a small knife, which he eventually handed over, before saying he wanted to go to jail.

Police were contacted and Man B revealed Martin had also previously tried to sexually assault him, by attempting to touch his testicles.

However, Ms Holt said Man B told him "choose your next move very wisely" and Martin retreated.

On another occasion, Martin asked a third man, Man C, if he could have a Rizla paper to roll a cigarette.

Ms Holt said: "As he approached the defendant, the defendant leaned forward and grabbed his testicles and fondled them."

She said Man C told Martin to stop and shouted: "What are you doing, you dirty b*****d?"

The victim was shocked and disgusted, but Ms Holt said Martin "merely laughed and mumbled something unintelligible".

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The court heard Martin has 13 previous convictions for 14 offences, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, which do not include any sexual offences.

He was last convicted of battery in March, when he was jailed for eight weeks.

Ms Holt said an allegation of a sexual nature was made against Martin, which led to police being called to the scene.

While officers were dealing with that matter, Martin slapped an elderly woman in the face because she wouldn't give him cash for drugs and alcohol.

Ms Holt said a charge of sexual assault wasn't proceeded with, but concerns were raised about Martin's conduct.

Simon Christie, defending, said his client had a number of issues including mental health problems, but neither a psychiatrist report nor a pre-sentence report recommended any alternative to jail.

He said his client knew prison was "inevitable", but asked the judge to take into account the time he had spent on remand since April this year, and to impose a sentence that meant he would be released "immediately, or in the very near future".

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, told Martin that an aggravating feature of his case was the "large number of offences – some of which were committed after you had clear warnings about your conduct".

He said Martin was clearly suffering from a "mental disorder", which was linked to his offending.

Judge Driver handed him 12 months in jail, of which he will serve half before being released on licence, meaning he will be released this month.

He also told Martin to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

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