July 2010

‘Predatory’ paedophile jailed for attacking girls

A “PREDATORY paedophile” has been jailed for five years for sex attacks on two schoolgirls.

Judge Michael Challinor told Martin Bailey, of Seven Lands Drive, Boulton Moor, he was a “danger to young girls” and added: “There is a risk of further offending of a sexual nature against children.”

He told 40-year-old Bailey: “You groomed these girls cynically with breathtaking disregard for their welfare. They were both vulnerable and troubled.

“You sensed their vulnerability and you preyed upon it. The harm you have done cannot be assessed but it is likely to be very considerable.”

Bailey was convicted on a majority verdict after an eight-day trial at Derby Crown Court on three charges of sexual activity with a child.

The judge, who passed sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court, told him: “I regard you as a predatory paedophile practised in the grooming of vulnerable children. You are a danger to young children and a sentence has to be passed to act as punishment, to act as a deterrent and for the protection of the public.”

Bailey must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He was barred from ever working with children.

Mr Neil Williams, defending, said Bailey was a man with good qualities who had been responsible for caring for others. He maintained that Bailey had used no physical force against the girls and concluded: “He still does not acknowledge responsibility for these offences.”