January 2010

The law is perverse

OUTRAGE erupted last night after a dangerous sex fiend accused of breaking a court order by viewing porn was allowed back on to the streets.

Serial stalker Martin Jones is already rated a danger to women and children — and social workers admit they’re HELPLESS to stop his urges to strike again.

It came after vile Jones was convicted of targeting THREE different girls — and even told one he was a rapist.

But incredibly, the hulking 6ft 4inch pervert was freed on bail this week as he appeared in court charged with breaching his strict supervision order.

Last night anxious Tory Justice spokesman Bill Aitken said: “I find it surprising bail was granted in this case.

“In light of his record he has clearly presented a danger in the past — and I would have though that until such time as it can be established whether or not he has breached the order, he should have been kept in custody.

“It will be unfortunate if during his liberation, something was to happen affecting an innocent member of the public.”

Sexual predator Jones — also known as Miller — was arrested by police, accused of breaking the terms of his release by using pornography.

But Sheriff Robert McCreadie granted the sicko bail after he denied the breach at Perth Sheriff Court last Thursday.

Sheriff McCreadie said: “I will fix a proof and will allow him his freedom on the standard conditions of bail.”

Jones, 26, was branded a serious risk to public safety after social workers last year told the same court nothing more could be done with him.

Experts said they had already worked intensively with the dangerous brute for almost a decade.

The chilling revelation came as he was jailed for 18 months last March for stalking a traumatised 12-year-old girl and leaving her haunted by nightmares.

Burly Jones had only just been released from jail when he pursued the terrified youngster through Perth.

And he was hit with a number of strict conditions on top of his latest prison sentence.

Sheriff William Gilchrist ruled Jones’ pursuit of the girl was sexually motivated and slapped the fiend on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

He was also given a nine-month supervision term — starting on his release from jail — which he is now accused of breaking.

Jones was placed on a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the next five years and was banned from being alone with any child under the age of 17.

It also bars him from living in a home with any youngster, living with any other sex offender, and entering any playpark or school grounds for the same period

Sheriff Gilchrist had specifically called on senior social workers to address the court — and was told they’d never spent more time with a single sex offender in the past 15 years.

The experts said Jones — who has served time in jails including Perth nick — was unsuitable for group work because of his anger management issues and had already had 250 hours of one-to-one sessions.

Defence lawyer John McLaughlin told the court both the social work department and the Tay Project for Sex Offenders said nothing could be done to stop Jones targeting young girls.

He said: “He is assessed as being a very high risk in both the Tay Project and social work reports. Those who prepared the reports don’t think they can do any more for Mr Jones.”

A jury had found Jones guilty of breaching the peace by targeting the 12-year-old — the third time he has stalked a stranger in the past six years.

Sheriff Gilchrist told him: “You were deliberately following this young girl. You undoubtedly placed her in fear and alarm.

“You caused her to flee from Perth city centre because of the extent of her fear and distress.

“You committed this not long after a custodial sentence. This offence involves a significant sexual element.”

The sheriff added: “For the protection of the public it is necessary, when you have served your sentence, that you should be subject to a supervised release order for the maximum nine months.”

Towering Jones admitted he looked “scary” but claimed it was just a series of coincidences that led to him following the girl in October 2008.

In the wake of the case, the girl’s sickened father said: “My daughter wakes up at night and she sees his face and his bushy eyebrows. It has changed her behaviour.

“It is fortunate that she is quite street savvy. She bolted into Marks & Spencer because it was the first big shop she came to and she knew there would be a security guard.

“As he was chasing her she was sending me texts to say that she was being followed. She was terrified.”

After returning the guilty verdict the jury were told Jones had previous convictions for child sex assault and indecent assault.

In February 2007, Jones was jailed for two years after stalking a schoolgirl, pinning her against a fence and telling her he was a rapist.

Jones, of Perth, left the 14-year-old terrified as he groped her and said: “This is what a proper rapist would do.”

Sheriff McCreadie dealt with that case and jailed Jones — as he noted the fiend was considered to pose a “very high risk of sexual reoffending”.

Perth Sheriff Court was also told Jones had been convicted of indecent assault on a young girl in 2002 but was not jailed.

Instead, he was given on probation and ordered on a sex offenders’ rehabilitation course.

March 2009

Prison for man who followed girl

A convicted sex offender has been given an 18-month jail sentence for following a 12-year-old girl in Perth.

Martin Jones, 25, targeted the girl on 4 October last year, forcing her to hide behind shelves in a shop to get away from him.

He has now been banned from being alone with children and going into parks and school grounds for five years.

Jones has previous convictions for child sex assault in 2006 and indecent assault in 2002.

‘Sexual element’

During his most recent trial, social workers told Perth Sheriff Court that they had never spent more time with any single sex offender in the past 15 years.

The court heard that he was unsuitable for group work because of his anger management issues and had already had 250 hours of one-to-one sessions.

He was found guilty of the offence by a jury.

Sheriff William Gilchrist said: “You were deliberately following this young girl. You undoubtedly placed her in fear and alarm. You caused her to flee from Perth city centre because of the extent of her fear and distress.

“You committed this not long after a custodial sentence. You followed her, but did not approach, touch or speak to her. It is not for me to speculate how matters might have developed.

“You told police you found her attractive. I am satisfied this offence involves a significant sexual element.”

Sheriff Gilchrist backdated Jones’s prison sentence to 8 October, when he was arrested.

After he is released he will be supervised for a further nine months.

Jones has also been placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.