Saturday 17 August 2019

‘I’ll be out before people realise’ - Twisted Michael Martin boasted he'd get light sentence for snatching child (11)

Michael Martin is taken from Portlaoise Circuit Court after having been given a 17-year sentence
Michael Martin is taken from Portlaoise Circuit Court after having been given a 17-year sentence

David Kearns

Convicted sex-offender Michael Martin boasted to a former lover that he would be out “before people realised” following his conviction for attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl.

In a series of handwritten notes meant for his ex-girlfriend Claire Burke (25), the 36-year-old predator said he was certain he would be released from prison in less than a year.

Martin was handed a 13-year jail term earlier this month after he snatched an 11-year-old girl and bundled her into a stolen jeep in front of her younger twin brothers.

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It was only the actions of one of her younger brothers who jumped on to the driver’s door and repeatedly struck Martin as he tried to drive off that prevented the abduction.

In the letters published by the Irish Sunday Mirror, Martin tells his former love to “do the maths” and boasts that he will get “nowhere near 10 years” as some people had warned him.

“All I’ll say is I’m getting two suspended... Anyway take care. I’ll be out before people realise. All is good."

The convicted predator goes on to brag that his release date will be January 18, 2016.

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According to the Irish Mirror, in the letters Martin continually talks about his future with a young girl he met before being sentenced.

Addressing his ex-girlfriend, he says she “is the past” and that this new woman is his future.

“[She] and I will be becoming an item upon my release. It’s amazing how life’s wheel turns.

“Claire is my past. [She] is my future.”

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Martin goes on to brag that his new love got him a new suit for court, a Kildare jersey and a Kildare tracksuit.

The Irish Sunday Mirror claims that they were informed that this woman would have been underage when first approached by Martin.

The romance is understood to be a fabrication, the paper reports.

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