September 2021

Southend-on-Sea paedophile found with blow-up dolls of young boys and haul of child abuse images

A paedophile from Essex was found with blow-up dolls dressed as young boys in his bedroom which he would regularly masturbate in and on, along with hundreds of sexual images of children.

Martin Hewes came to the attention of Essex Police after he accessed indecent images of youngsters via computers at his home in Bournemouth Park Road, Southend-on-Sea.

But when police raided the 51-year-old’s home on November 18 last year, they made shocking discoveries both on his devices and in his bedroom.

The details were shared at his sentencing hearing at Basildon Crown Court

Prosecuting, Allister Walker said: “The defendant lived at the address with his mother.

“A search was conducted and a number of devices were retrieved, and as they were taken for further examination officers noted an inflatable doll and others that were dressed up in types of child’s underwear and small boys’ underwear in the defendant’s bedroom.

“Two mobile phones and one laptop were found to contain indecent images of children.”

Mr Walker said that in total, more than 300 indecent images, the majority of which were of young boys, were found on Hewes’ devices, including 65 images and 12 videos in category A – the most serious kind shwoing the rape or sexual torture of young children

Hewes went on to admit three counts of making indecent images of children.

Judge Ian Graham told Hewes: “The reason these cases are taken seriously is that these are not just made up images or fantasies. They are real children who have been forced into acting out these adult fantasies. These are not victimless crimes in any sense.”

Hewes was given an 18-month community order with 50 days of rehabilitation and 100 hours of unpaid work.