Jailed: Homeless man who sexually assaulted man given 12-week prison sentence

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

A HOMELESS man convicted of a string of sexual offences has been jailed for 12 weeks and given a restraining order.

Martin Darrell Smith, 52, targeted a 26-year-old man, sexually assaulting him on one occasion and attempting to do so twice more.

He also tried to sexually assault a 33-year-old woman as she walked along Bournemouth beach and tried to grab a 54-year-old woman as she walked along Bournemouth’s East Cliff with her husband.

Smith, who is said to remain “in total denial” of the offences, pleaded not guilty during a trial earlier this month but was found guilty.

Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court was told that Smith is a former grammar school pupil whose parents died when he was young. He was left the proceeds of a house sale but ran out of money more than 10 years ago and now has no family and no friends.

The trial was told Smith assaulted his male victim on December 10, 2012. The man was walking along Old Christchurch Road when Smith crossed the road towards him and reached out and touched his groin. He had attempted to do so on two previous occasions.

The first woman said he veered towards her as she walked on the promenade at Bournemouth’s West Cliff in January 2013, and the second said he silently approached her and reached around her as she walked on the East Cliff on December 30, 2012.

In a statement, one woman told the court: “If I were to see him again I would be scared and in fear for my personal safety. I have been left angry and the attack made me feel dirty.”

The other woman said: “His behaviour is totally unacceptable. He has made me feel unsafe in the area in which I live.”

The male victim said he has been made to feel nervous and described Smith’s actions as “disgusting.”

Sentencing, District Judge Stephen Nicholls jailed Smith for a total of 12 weeks and issued a restraining order prohibiting him from entering Gervis Road indefinitely.

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6:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

manyogie says...

So, from the picture, this man was called to Court and relied upon to turn up then!
Nice to know whats free to walk our town.
So, from the picture, this man was called to Court and relied upon to turn up then! Nice to know whats free to walk our town. manyogie
  • Score: 13

6:32am Tue 25 Feb 14

Go fish says...

I really pity the prisoners and the prison guards of the prison that he es going to. I wouldn't like to be in there for 1 day let alone 12 weeks with this sort of man he totally disgusts me
I really pity the prisoners and the prison guards of the prison that he es going to. I wouldn't like to be in there for 1 day let alone 12 weeks with this sort of man he totally disgusts me Go fish
  • Score: 10

6:35am Tue 25 Feb 14

Go fish says...

Why is it just Gervis road that he is never allowed to go into it should be the whole of Dorset after what he did
Why is it just Gervis road that he is never allowed to go into it should be the whole of Dorset after what he did Go fish
  • Score: 13

7:28am Tue 25 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Can,t see him acting on impulse in prison and cropping his fellow crime so out in a few weeks and then probably gets some poor sod arrested for defending themselves from the dirty moron
Can,t see him acting on impulse in prison and cropping his fellow crime so out in a few weeks and then probably gets some poor sod arrested for defending themselves from the dirty moron kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 8

8:07am Tue 25 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

Homeless in one of the wettest winters we've had? No doubt he will be glad of the free full bed & board for the next few months, tv, warm bed etc ........
Homeless in one of the wettest winters we've had? No doubt he will be glad of the free full bed & board for the next few months, tv, warm bed etc ........ we-shall-see
  • Score: 12

8:31am Tue 25 Feb 14

Go fish says...

he used to live in the night shelter so how can he be homeless. pity whoever has to share a cell with him
he used to live in the night shelter so how can he be homeless. pity whoever has to share a cell with him Go fish
  • Score: 4

9:12am Tue 25 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Another NFA added to the growing local list.
Another NFA added to the growing local list. BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

9:32am Tue 25 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

former grammar school pupil whose parents died when he was young. He was left the proceeds of a house sale but ran out of money more than 10 years ago and now has no family and no friends.
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Same usual sob stories used as an excuse for breaking the law, I have no sympathy with this piece of filth whatsoever.
former grammar school pupil whose parents died when he was young. He was left the proceeds of a house sale but ran out of money more than 10 years ago and now has no family and no friends. . Same usual sob stories used as an excuse for breaking the law, I have no sympathy with this piece of filth whatsoever. Hessenford
  • Score: 8

9:43am Tue 25 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

He'll get cleaned up and a roof over his head and three meals a day for a few weeks which is probably an improvement from being homeless and sleeping in hostels. Struggle to understand how an order prohibiting him from one street is going to stop him from reoffending.
He'll get cleaned up and a roof over his head and three meals a day for a few weeks which is probably an improvement from being homeless and sleeping in hostels. Struggle to understand how an order prohibiting him from one street is going to stop him from reoffending. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 8

10:29am Tue 25 Feb 14

aamarek says...

Nice to hear some stronger opinions on this case after some of the first comments when he was found guilty a month ago. The reason why he is excluded from Gervis road is that he had been stalking one of his victims there. upto now the CPS did not think that they could have got bail condtions on him to keep away from Gervis road.But I agree one street is not enough.
One thing that the Echo did not report was that some one from the homeless community was at the sentencing and he made a very threatening outburst at the end of the trial. This shows how the rest of the homeless people feel about this person and the damage this person has done to all of them.
Nice to hear some stronger opinions on this case after some of the first comments when he was found guilty a month ago. The reason why he is excluded from Gervis road is that he had been stalking one of his victims there. upto now the CPS did not think that they could have got bail condtions on him to keep away from Gervis road.But I agree one street is not enough. One thing that the Echo did not report was that some one from the homeless community was at the sentencing and he made a very threatening outburst at the end of the trial. This shows how the rest of the homeless people feel about this person and the damage this person has done to all of them. aamarek
  • Score: 9

6:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Go fish says...

It's not the point why find someone guilty on the 4th feb then bail him until the 24th feb takes the mick
It's not the point why find someone guilty on the 4th feb then bail him until the 24th feb takes the mick Go fish
  • Score: 3

8:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

aamarek says...

Go fish wrote:
It's not the point why find someone guilty on the 4th feb then bail him until the 24th feb takes the mick
That's the justice system he should have been held from 4th Feb.
The point is he will be out causing trouble again soon, so any restraining order is better then nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Go fish[/bold] wrote: It's not the point why find someone guilty on the 4th feb then bail him until the 24th feb takes the mick[/p][/quote]That's the justice system he should have been held from 4th Feb. The point is he will be out causing trouble again soon, so any restraining order is better then nothing. aamarek
  • Score: 2

11:24am Wed 26 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

Another mentally disturbed individual placed in the wrong type of institution.
Another mentally disturbed individual placed in the wrong type of institution. Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 5

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