Thursday 23 March 2017

Man used hypnotism to abuse girl

Pat Hurst in London

A man whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel faces jail after using hypnotism and violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl.

Martin Smith (45), who had regular access to the girl, abused her for almost a decade from when she was aged seven, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The victim, now in her 20s, told the jury Smith would attempt to hypnotise her, hit and bully her, to ensure she complied with his demands.

Smith's own daughter, Rebecca (5) and son Daniel (11 months), were found dead in the Hotel Miramar on the Costa Brava on May 18.

The couple fled the UK in December 2007 after Smith had been accused of the child sex offences.

Irish Independent

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