Traveller who unleashed sickening sex attack on 83-year-old victim in her own home leaving her bloodied and bruised before asking her ‘Are you dead?’ is jailed for 11 years
- Martin Maughan, 31, tried to have sex with grandmother in Buckinghamshire
- Just 15 minutes earlier the traveller also targeted a 15-year-old girl in Slough
- He then went on the run from police, racking up a string of further crimes
- Admitted various charges and was imprisoned for 11 years and one month
Martin Maughan, 31, tore his victim’s trousers to shreds as he grappled to have sex with her
A traveller who sexually assaulted an 83-year-old woman just minutes after trying to kidnap a teenage schoolgirl for sex was today jailed for 11 years.
Martin Maughan, 31, tore the grandmother’s trousers to shreds as he tried to have sex with her after bursting into her home in the upmarket Buckinghamshire village of Stoke Poges.
He then went on the run from police, racking up a string of further crimes during which he sped at 100mph on a 30mph road, driving the wrong way around the M25 and car-jacking two vehicles in a drug-fuelled crime spree.
Maughan, who is 6ft 2in, was imprisoned for 11 years and one month, disqualified from driving for ten years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life. His defence barrister told the court he had faced ‘stigma’ within the travelling community for his sexual offending.
When the married defendant, who had been protesting throughout the sentencing, heard he was going on the Sex Offenders Register, he threw up his arms and said: ‘I’m not a sex offender!’
He added: ‘The court lies – you’ll get a big pay cheque now, won’t you?!’ and shouted ‘I love you, baby’ to a woman in the Reading Crown Court public gallery. She replied: ‘I love you too. See you tomorrow.’
Maughan admitted sexual assault, trespass with intent to commit sexual assault, attempted kidnapping, two counts of theft from a shop, attempted theft, dangerous driving, two counts of aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.
Maughan, who lived at this caravan park in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, was sentenced to 11 years and one month in prison, with a five year extended licence
Judge Paul Dugdale had commended the two victims for their bravery but heard in the woman’s victim impact statement that she may never recover from her ordeal.
Maughan had asked several questions to discover whether any men were in her house before pushing his way inside and subjecting her to the sexual attack.
The elderly widow, who stood at only 5ft 2ins tall, put up a fight during the assault on August 24 last year, but was left with bruising and bleeding.
The court heard that as he left his victim lying on the floor with her trousers in tatters, Maughan asked: ‘Are you dead?’
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Just 15 minutes before, he attempted to kidnap a 15-year-old girl and force her into his grey Ford Mondeo, for what the judge said was undoubtedly a sexual purpose.
Lisa Goddard, prosecuting, said Maughan parked across the driveway of a house in Stoke Poges and spoke to an elderly woman in her front garden, claiming to be from the council. He asked if he could speak to her husband or sons about a water leak.
The pensioner asked Maughan for ID and he went back to his car, appearing to get it, while the victim went back into her home via a side door.
Ms Goddard said: ‘The defendant then barged into the house after her, causing the door to fly open and caused her to fall to the floor.
What charges did Martin Maughan admit?
- Sexual assault
- Trespass with intent to commit sexual assault
- Attempted kidnapping
- Theft from a shop (two counts)
- Attempted theft
- Dangerous driving
- Aggravated vehicle taking (two counts)
- Driving while disqualified
‘He slammed the door shut and stood over her before beginning to tear at her clothes and her underwear. She was screaming and tearing at his shirt.
‘The defendant tried to kiss her on the lips, repeatedly saying ‘I will f*** you’, while he attempted to undo his trousers.’
He assaulted her with such brutality that he caused bleeding and bruising – and also pushed her, causing to hit her head. Before leaving he asked: ‘Are you dead?’
The victim had to undergo an intimate forensic examination and one officer described her trousers as being in tatters, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said: ‘I am 83 years of age and in all those years I have never, never met a single man that has wanted to harm me in any way at all.
‘It is not something that goes through the mind of an old lady that someone could do that to another human being. I know I put up a fight as best I could but it wasn’t enough against such a big, aggressive man.
‘I have nursed my husband for many years before he died of Parkinson’s disease. I had just started to get over the grief of that and now I have the shock of this to recover from, and at my age I wonder if I ever will.’
Just 15 minutes earlier, Ms Goddard said he had targeted a 15-year-old girl in Slough, and asked her to tap directions to the nearest Kentucky Fried Chicken into his sat nav.
She said: ‘When she looked inside, she could not see a sat nav and as she turned, the defendant pushed her in the middle of her back.
‘She rather robustly grabbed the top of the vehicle, at which point the defendant tried to twist her to try to push her into the vehicle.’
The incident, caught on CCTV, lasted four to five minutes, before Maughan, of Gerrards Cross, pushed her into the road. The girl was left hyperventilating.
In her victim impact statement, the teenager said: ‘Having a constant feeling of worry when I am outside. I used to be happy about going out on my own, now I’m scared, even about going to the local shop. I’m always thinking that it could happen again.’
Maughan listened with his head bowed as the prosecutor told how after attacking the pensioner, he went on to commit some petty thefts of beer and sandwiches at two service stations.
He was declared wanted by the police on August 26, and his Ford Mondeo was seen on a road in Slough, where he was driving at 90 to 100 mph on roads with a 30mph speed limit.
The judge heard that police pursued Maughan, who stopped his car and reversed it into a police vehicle three times, before he drove the wrong way up a slip road and drove the wrong way on the westbound carriageway of the M4.
The court then heard about an astonishing litany of offences Maughan committed over the next two days, August 27 to August 29,.
He attempted to steal £600 worth of power tools from B&Q, stole two cars from members of the public and drove them dangerously without insurance.
Maughan had previously been jailed for five years and seven months for conspiracy to burgle and had been disqualified from driving in 2012 for dangerous driving.
Rina-Marie Hill, defending, said: ‘Mr Maughan’s addictions to alcohol and drugs are longstanding. He would go on two or three day binges.
‘His relationship with his wife was on and off for some time. He had been living in a car for three weeks in the weeks leading up to this case.
‘He’s from a traditional travelling community. His offending has caused huge problems for his family. The stigma attached to sexual offending within his particular community is great.
‘He is sorry for what he has done. When he was viewing the CCTV evidence in the police station, he looked at the person on that screen and couldn’t really identify himself.’
Maughan began to sob loudly as his defence barrister put forward his case. When the judge asked him to stand up for sentencing, he said: ‘I have lost the power in my legs.’
After some prompting from the dock officer he did stand and could be heard repeatedly saying, ‘I’m so sorry’, and ‘yes, Your Honour’, as the judge gave him his sentence.
Judge Dugdale told him: ‘It is not remotely surprising at all that the harm caused to these two vulnerable victims, one because she was young and alone, and the other because she was elderly and alone in her home, has been extensive.
‘I say this mainly for both of their benefit. Both of them say how they feel embarrassed and ashamed. Neither should feel embarrassed and ashamed.
‘They were the victims of a random, violent, rapid, criminal attack. Nothing that they could have done could have prevented your attack on them.
‘Both of them commendably acted with great courage and determination to fight you off. When you are the victim of this kind of offence, there is nothing you can do about it.
‘Both, frankly should be very proud of the way that they behaved in the face of this utterly disgraceful attack.’
The judge told him his dangerous driving following the attacks was one of the most dangerous cases he had ever come across.
Judge Dugdale sentenced Maughan to an extended sentence of 11 years and one month in prison, with a five year extended licence.
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