September 2015

Victim of paedophile speaks out


A MAN who was abused when he was a child by a Bodmin paedophile has urged other potential victims to come forward after the 67-year-old was jailed for two and a half years.

Martyn Estlick, who lived in the Wallace Road area of Bodmin, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to charges of indecent assault and buggery of a male child under 16.

Estlick, a Bodmin window cleaner who was locally nicknamed ‘Chamois Leather’, took his victim, then a young boy in the 1980s, back to his home where he could play on a fruit machine.

And it was there that his victim was touched when the two were alone.

“Every school kid has a Saturday job,” said Estlick’s victim.

“You’d do the work and then you’d go back to his house before he’d pay you. He had a fruit machine which you could play on which, as a kid, you thought was great. He’d get you on the settee and you’d look at magazines and then he’d start touching you.

“He was very crafty, he’d always make sure you were alone. He’d say that if you told anybody then you’d be taken into care and your parents won’t see you again.”

The man said he was pleased with the sentence handed down to Estlick, 67, of Kingsteignton, Newton Abbott.

“It is all I wanted. I thought for all these years, was this something in my head? Did it actually happen? I was so young. But I got the release from knowing people believed me. The police officer did right from the beginning. It was such a release just speaking to someone about it.

“In my eyes now, he’s got two and a half years, he’s in ill health. For the next couple of years he is going to be penned in a cell, everyone knows he’s a paedophile. He hasn’t won over me. I’m getting on with my life.

“He’s incarcerated, he can’t get out. That’s payment enough for me.”

“And he appealed for any other victims to come forward.

“I had the courage to come forward and I just hope that other people do. They shouldn’t feel that they can let these people get away with what they’ve done.

“There’s got to be more victims out there. They should not fear coming forward.”

“Judge Carr said that if had he been able to charge Estlick under the new legislation he may well have got double figures, in terms of jail time. But he had to charge him under the old legislation, given when the offences occurred.

“And because he had also served jail time in the past for similar offences, that is why he got two and a half years.