August 2020

The ‘depraved’ paedophile who got young girls drunk before sexually abusing them – and the woman who joined in

A “depraved” paedophile and rapist who abused five different girls has been handed a 14-year prison sentence.

Martin Finch, from Broom Road, Wigan, plied his victims with alcohol to get them drunk before he sexually abused them.

At Bolton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) the 44-year-old was found guilty two counts of rape, seven counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault by penetration.

Five of these counts were assaults on children under 14 years of age.

He was on the stand alongside Kathryn Wilkinson, of the same address, who was handed a five-year prison sentence after being guilty of one count of sexual assault and one of sexual assault by penetration.

On one occasion, Finch raped one of his victims before 42-year-old Wilkinson appeared and exposed herself to the girl before sexually assaulting her.

“The severity of this case should not be underestimated. Finch is not only a rapist, but also a paedophile,” said Detective Constable, Alastair Macmillan, of GMP’s Wigan division.

“He was cunning and calculated in the way he intoxicated his victims before preying on them, with Wilkinson also joining him in this depraved behaviour.

“I want to thank the victim’s for coming forward and speaking out. I can only imagine how difficult this investigation must have been for them; however their bravery and assistance has helped us to ensure that Finch and Wilkinson face justice for their horrendous actions.

“The abuse that these victims have faced at the hands of this despicable duo has not only left them feeling violated and frightened, but will affect them for the rest of their lives.