Homeless man found guilty of sexually assaulting a man as he walked to work

Bournemouth Echo: HOMELESS: Martin Darrell Smith arrives at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court HOMELESS: Martin Darrell Smith arrives at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court

A HOMELESS man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a man as he walked to work in Bournemouth in 2012.

Martin Darrell Smith was also found guilty of attempting to sexually assault the same man on two other occasions, as well as a woman walking along the beach, at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 26-year-old male victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had encountered Smith in Holdenhurst Road on two occasions during November 2012, prior to the actual assault.

On both occasions the 52-year-old defendant reached towards his groin, but on the first he and a friend he was walking to work with had laughed it off.

He told the court that on December 10 he was walking along Old Christchurch Road and crossed to the other side to avoid the defendant, but Smith then crossed towards him and reached out to touch his groin, making contact. I did have to physically force his arm away. I said ‘what do you think you’re doing’, but he just grunted and carried on walking,” he said.

Smith’s female victim, aged 33, was walking on the promenade at West Cliff during the morning of January 6, 2013, when he approached her.

“He had his hand outstretched and started to veer towards me,” she said in court.

“He didn’t look at my face at all, his eyes were fixed on my groin area and he got to within a couple of inches before I jumped out the way. It all happened so quickly.”

She said she felt “dirty” after the encounter, which had left her afraid to walk along the beach.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls also pronounced Smith guilty of common assault, after he attempted to grab 54-year-old Melanie Bezdel as she walked along East Cliff with her husband.

The couple said Smith had silently approached and reached around Mrs Bezdel in an apparent assault on December 30, 2012.

In the dock, Smith denounced all the charges as “total lies”, but said he couldn’t explain why his victims might have made the offences up.

Speaking for the defence after the verdict, Debra Scudamore said Smith was on benefits and had been homeless since 2009. He was released on unconditional bail to return to court for sentencing on February 24.

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1:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Huey says...

His dream job would be frisking passengers at the airport
His dream job would be frisking passengers at the airport Huey
  • Score: 9

1:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Pablo23 says...

Obviously has mental health issues
Obviously has mental health issues Pablo23
  • Score: 21

1:28pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

I would have thought a psychiatric assessment would have been a safer option
I would have thought a psychiatric assessment would have been a safer option kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 29

3:19pm Tue 4 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

I do question the ethical standards of the Echo in giving this case involving a man who obviously has personal issues such prominence when dozens of cases of much greater public interest are not even reported.
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Public attitudes towards people with mental health problems are hardly going to improve when the Echo trawls the gutter for stories like this and the one involving the guy who was wrongly accused of being a flasher.
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Instead of preying on people with mental health problems to fill its paper the Echo "journalists" should be doing some real reporting on the dodgy goings on within the local Council.
I do question the ethical standards of the Echo in giving this case involving a man who obviously has personal issues such prominence when dozens of cases of much greater public interest are not even reported. . Public attitudes towards people with mental health problems are hardly going to improve when the Echo trawls the gutter for stories like this and the one involving the guy who was wrongly accused of being a flasher. . Instead of preying on people with mental health problems to fill its paper the Echo "journalists" should be doing some real reporting on the dodgy goings on within the local Council. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 12

4:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I always cross the road when I see anyone approaching with a Lidl carrier bag. So far I have remained unscathed and unmolested.
I always cross the road when I see anyone approaching with a Lidl carrier bag. So far I have remained unscathed and unmolested. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 9

4:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

nosuchluck54 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
I do question the ethical standards of the Echo in giving this case involving a man who obviously has personal issues such prominence when dozens of cases of much greater public interest are not even reported.
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Public attitudes towards people with mental health problems are hardly going to improve when the Echo trawls the gutter for stories like this and the one involving the guy who was wrongly accused of being a flasher.
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Instead of preying on people with mental health problems to fill its paper the Echo "journalists" should be doing some real reporting on the dodgy goings on within the local Council.
Or the constant conspiracy theorists lmfao
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: I do question the ethical standards of the Echo in giving this case involving a man who obviously has personal issues such prominence when dozens of cases of much greater public interest are not even reported. . Public attitudes towards people with mental health problems are hardly going to improve when the Echo trawls the gutter for stories like this and the one involving the guy who was wrongly accused of being a flasher. . Instead of preying on people with mental health problems to fill its paper the Echo "journalists" should be doing some real reporting on the dodgy goings on within the local Council.[/p][/quote]Or the constant conspiracy theorists lmfao nosuchluck54
  • Score: -15

5:30pm Tue 4 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Look this guy is clearly in need of help. Echo hacks - how you going to feel if some half-witted vigilante decideds to track him down and beat him up or worse? Nice one Will...
Look this guy is clearly in need of help. Echo hacks - how you going to feel if some half-witted vigilante decideds to track him down and beat him up or worse? Nice one Will... whataboutthat
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

Please don't send him to Florida, where people have 'Stand Your Ground' rights.
Please don't send him to Florida, where people have 'Stand Your Ground' rights. Yankee1
  • Score: -7

6:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

blackdog1 says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
I do question the ethical standards of the Echo in giving this case involving a man who obviously has personal issues such prominence when dozens of cases of much greater public interest are not even reported.
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Public attitudes towards people with mental health problems are hardly going to improve when the Echo trawls the gutter for stories like this and the one involving the guy who was wrongly accused of being a flasher.
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Instead of preying on people with mental health problems to fill its paper the Echo "journalists" should be doing some real reporting on the dodgy goings on within the local Council.
Who cares! Found guilty!End of!
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: I do question the ethical standards of the Echo in giving this case involving a man who obviously has personal issues such prominence when dozens of cases of much greater public interest are not even reported. . Public attitudes towards people with mental health problems are hardly going to improve when the Echo trawls the gutter for stories like this and the one involving the guy who was wrongly accused of being a flasher. . Instead of preying on people with mental health problems to fill its paper the Echo "journalists" should be doing some real reporting on the dodgy goings on within the local Council.[/p][/quote]Who cares! Found guilty!End of! blackdog1
  • Score: 4

8:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

aamarek says...

For the record this person has been assessed and found to have no mental issues. He does what he does knowing exactly what he is doing. He could get help for his problems but does not want it. I think some of the sympathetic comments that have been made here are out of order. This person has hurt a lot of people and no doubt will continue to do so. I would urge anybody else who has been assaulted by this person to contact the local police, Well done to ECHO for reporting this story and making us all aware of this individual.
For the record this person has been assessed and found to have no mental issues. He does what he does knowing exactly what he is doing. He could get help for his problems but does not want it. I think some of the sympathetic comments that have been made here are out of order. This person has hurt a lot of people and no doubt will continue to do so. I would urge anybody else who has been assaulted by this person to contact the local police, Well done to ECHO for reporting this story and making us all aware of this individual. aamarek
  • Score: 19

9:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Wouldn't be surprised if the echo set up a branch office just outside every physciatric hospital and learning disability unit in the unlikely event of a patient doing something worthy of a picture .go after the crooks and leave the vulnerable alone .there is a pattern developing which is not nice
Wouldn't be surprised if the echo set up a branch office just outside every physciatric hospital and learning disability unit in the unlikely event of a patient doing something worthy of a picture .go after the crooks and leave the vulnerable alone .there is a pattern developing which is not nice kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -13

9:31am Wed 5 Feb 14

Bournemouth87 says...

I wonder if people would be saying that this man needs help if it was them he touched. No sympathy for him. Lets hope he is taken off the streets for a long time. Disgusting man!!!
I wonder if people would be saying that this man needs help if it was them he touched. No sympathy for him. Lets hope he is taken off the streets for a long time. Disgusting man!!! Bournemouth87
  • Score: 6

5:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

aamarek wrote:
For the record this person has been assessed and found to have no mental issues. He does what he does knowing exactly what he is doing. He could get help for his problems but does not want it. I think some of the sympathetic comments that have been made here are out of order. This person has hurt a lot of people and no doubt will continue to do so. I would urge anybody else who has been assaulted by this person to contact the local police, Well done to ECHO for reporting this story and making us all aware of this individual.
Well if that is the case, he is living very dangerously indeed. He might try that on with somebody who can look after themselves and end up down the local A&E in traction.....just saying.
[quote][p][bold]aamarek[/bold] wrote: For the record this person has been assessed and found to have no mental issues. He does what he does knowing exactly what he is doing. He could get help for his problems but does not want it. I think some of the sympathetic comments that have been made here are out of order. This person has hurt a lot of people and no doubt will continue to do so. I would urge anybody else who has been assaulted by this person to contact the local police, Well done to ECHO for reporting this story and making us all aware of this individual.[/p][/quote]Well if that is the case, he is living very dangerously indeed. He might try that on with somebody who can look after themselves and end up down the local A&E in traction.....just saying. O'Reilly
  • Score: 0

5:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

O'Reilly wrote:
aamarek wrote:
For the record this person has been assessed and found to have no mental issues. He does what he does knowing exactly what he is doing. He could get help for his problems but does not want it. I think some of the sympathetic comments that have been made here are out of order. This person has hurt a lot of people and no doubt will continue to do so. I would urge anybody else who has been assaulted by this person to contact the local police, Well done to ECHO for reporting this story and making us all aware of this individual.
Well if that is the case, he is living very dangerously indeed. He might try that on with somebody who can look after themselves and end up down the local A&E in traction.....just saying.
That is a certainty.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aamarek[/bold] wrote: For the record this person has been assessed and found to have no mental issues. He does what he does knowing exactly what he is doing. He could get help for his problems but does not want it. I think some of the sympathetic comments that have been made here are out of order. This person has hurt a lot of people and no doubt will continue to do so. I would urge anybody else who has been assaulted by this person to contact the local police, Well done to ECHO for reporting this story and making us all aware of this individual.[/p][/quote]Well if that is the case, he is living very dangerously indeed. He might try that on with somebody who can look after themselves and end up down the local A&E in traction.....just saying.[/p][/quote]That is a certainty. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

10:06pm Wed 5 Feb 14

aamarek says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
I would have thought a psychiatric assessment would have been a safer option
He had one and was found to be okay. The police looked into this straight away
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: I would have thought a psychiatric assessment would have been a safer option[/p][/quote]He had one and was found to be okay. The police looked into this straight away aamarek
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

aamarek says...

Pablo23 wrote:
Obviously has mental health issues
police looked into this and it was not the case
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: Obviously has mental health issues[/p][/quote]police looked into this and it was not the case aamarek
  • Score: 0

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