Oct 2007

Public must be protected from paedophile 

A TOP judge hit out at a martial arts instructor who was jailed indefinitely for raping three young girls, saying the public needed to be protected from him because of his “denial’ over his offences.

Marcus Anthony Mayne, 41, of Adam Street, Abertillery, was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment for public protection after being convicted of horrific rapes and indecent assaults against girls under 16.

Despite an appeal against his sentence, Mr Justice Foskett, who sat with Lord Justice Tuckey and Sir Richard Curtis at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, said the offences were amongst the “vilest” of examples of such crimes.

At the appeal court, his counsel, Peter Davies, argued that Judge Bidder had not been justified in imposing the potentially life-long sentence.

Dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Foskett described the horrendous effect that Mayne’s offending had on the lives of the three girls.

He said there was “nothing to criticise” in the sentence.

The judge said: “The public needs protection from him, not least because of his state of denial.”

Mayne was also sentenced to a concurrent standard terms of 18 years for some of the offences, but, due to the nature of the tough IPP sentence – which is almost identical to a life term – he can have no hope of release until he can persuade the Parole Board he poses no further public danger.

At his 18-day trial at Cardiff Crown Court in April and May, jurors were told of the horrific nature of Mayne’s sick attacks on the three girls.

He forced them to have sex with him and indecently assaulted them, causing them to bear “deep psychological scars”, the Crown Court judge, Judge Neil Bidder, said.

The offences only came to light when one of the young girls went to a parent and told what had happened to her at Mayne’s hands.

He was described as a “very dangerous man”, “cunning” and “predatory”, with an out of control sex drive and a perverse attraction to young girls.

He continued to deny the offences and would pose a threat to girls if he was allowed to remain in the community, the court heard.