August 2021

Ashford pervert performed sex act on his doorstep in front of schoolchild

Marcus Dalby leaving Canterbury Crown Court

A porch-loitering pervert who performed a sex act in front of a schoolchild has avoided jail.

When an eye-witness caught Marcus Dalby in the act he ran inside his Ashford home shouting “it wasn’t me it was my twin brother.”

Now the 27-year-old, who previously sexually assaulted a 11-year-old schoolgirl in an alleyway, will likely be jailed if he’s discovered naked in public again.

The flasher, of Maypits in Ashford, was handed a two-year community order at Canterbury Crown Court after admitting indecent exposure.

A judge spared Dalby jail, ruling the public would better be served if he was rehabilitated rather than imprisoned at taxpayer’s expense.

An eye-witness chased Dalby inside his address after catching him with his trousers around his ankles, the court heard.

The sex pest locked the door prompting the witness to shout “If that was my child I would be knocking down your door,” to which Dalby replied: “It wasn’t me it was my twin brother.”

When the witness went to console the troubled child Dalby could be seen fleeing the address.

Dalby gave a no comment police interview following his arrest days after the incident in 2019, with the child telling officers his actions made her “feel uncomfortable”.

In 2015 Dalby was sentenced to eight months in a Youth Offenders’ Institute after sexually assaulting a child in an alley.

The 11-year-old girl had left school with two friends to travel home but was left by herself when she walked into the alley.

It was as she got further into the alley she heard someone running behind her and felt an impact from behind.

She then hit out at Dalby with both her elbows and he ran off. She was then able to see him pulling up his trousers as he ran away.

The court was told he had also been acquitted of an earlier alleged assault when he was accused of pulling down a woman’s trousers.

In the latest case, the court heard another witness claimed Dalby had been performing sex acts on his doorstep daily.

But the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case after the witness moved abroad.

Marcus Dalby leaving court after his sentencing

Judge Rupert Lowe said if the facts of the dismissed case are correct, Dalby’s latest lurid forays are “only the tip of the iceberg.”

“Given your background and given other information about you, this is concerning behaviour and it must stop,” he told Dalby.

“And if it doesn’t stop or hasn’t stopped you will simply be going to prison and potentially staying there for a long period of time.

“If you don’t do what you are told you will be brought back on a breach and sent to prison instead.

“You are not to be naked or to be naked in a public place or exposing genitals in a public place.”

He handed Dalby a two-year community order, 35 rehabilitation days and an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

July 2015

Ashford schoolgirl praised at Canterbury Crown Court for fighting off alleyway sex attack with her elbows

A courageous 11-year-old Ashford schoolgirl fought off a sex attack – by lashing out with her elbows.

The terrified victim had been grabbed from behind in an alleyway but managed to get away after giving her assailant “the elbow”.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that when the girl turned around to see the bare-bottomed pervert, he was running away with his trousers by his ankles.

Now Marcus Dalby, 20, of Maypits, South Ashford, has been sent to a Youth Offenders’ Institute for eight months after admitting the sex assault in February last year.

Prosecutor Simon Taylor told how despite her ordeal the victim was able to give police details so that an e-fit was made “which produced an image not dissimilar to the defendant.”

She told officers how she had left school with two friends to travel home but was left by herself when she walked into the alley.

“It was as she got further into the alley she heard someone running behind her and felt an impact from behind.

“The complainant then hit out at her attacker with both her elbows and he ran off. She was then able to see him pulling up his trousers as he ran away.”

Dalby, was arrested and initially claimed he was at home of the time of the attack.

But Mr Taylor added that the teenager told officers he had been acquitted of an earlier alleged assault when he was accused of pulling down a woman’s trousers.

Dalby claimed he was running away from a dog, slipped and accidentally pulled down the trousers – and claimed he was found not guilty in court.

Judge Adele Williams said the schoolgirl in the February incident had been very brave in using her elbows to prevent the attack from going further.

“She was 11. You were a stranger. I have absolutely no doubt she was absolutely terrified. I have read a Victim Impact Statement, which makes plain just how traumatic the effect on her has been and this has been long-lasting.

“Only an immediate sentence of imprisonment can be justified.”