Sunday 4 December 2016

Child kidnapper's claims of neglect get little sympathy

Michael Martin, jailed for trying to snatch an 11-year-old girl last week, may not have 'appreciated' how terrible his crime was

Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

Outcast: 'Anywhere he went, serial sex offender Michael Martin who was jailed for 17 years, was persona non grata'
Outcast: 'Anywhere he went, serial sex offender Michael Martin who was jailed for 17 years, was persona non grata'

In his mid-Leinster stomping ground, there were few eyebrows raised when Michael Martin received a 17-year prison sentence for attempting to drive off with an 11-year-old girl.

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The crime he committed was "disturbing" and "an attack on family life", Judge Keenan Johnson told Portlaoise Circuit Court during his sentencing on Thursday.

Martin, a father of two, saw the children playing in Cullohill, Laois. He pulled up in a jeep he had stolen in Kilkenny and engaged the girl in conversation.

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