Normanton alleyway rapist gets nine years

Martin Edwin Nash, convicted of raping a stranger in Ponty in Oct 2011
Martin Edwin Nash, convicted of raping a stranger in Ponty in Oct 2011

A TEENAGER who raped a stranger in a secluded alleyway has begun a nine-year sentence.

Martin Edwin Nash, 19, of Benson Lane, Normanton, pounced on the 21-year-old woman as she went to relieve herself after a night out last October.

Nash sexually assaulted the woman and then forced her to perform a sex act during the ordeal in Spring Gardens alleyway in Pontefract.

Nash continues to deny responsibility.

Judge Roger Ibbotson said: “I’ve concluded you do in fact pose a significant risk of serious harm to the public of further specified offences.”

He said a sentence for public protection was necessary and ordered Nash to serve an extended sentence of six years in custody with an additional three years on licence.

The trial last month heard how the victim was on a night out with her boyfriend when she left him near a kebab shop to answer a call of nature in a nearby ginnel.

Prosecutor Jason Pitter said: “While there, and in the middle of urinating, she was disturbed by Martin Nash who then sexually assaulted her and raped her.”

The court heard Nash had approached the woman and pushed her up against the wall, putting his fingers in her mouth to stop her screaming.

Mr Pitter said: “This was a stranger attack.”

The woman’s boyfriend went into the ginnel to look for her and confronted Nash before giving chase and struggling with him.

Nash denied rape and assault by sexual penetration. He claimed the woman had approached him and was a willing participant. But he was found guilty of both offences.

Mike Smith, mitigating, said Nash, an apprentice engineer, had an exemplary work record and no previous convictions.

After the case, the victim urged people on nights out to stay safe within groups of friends.

She said: “I don’t want anybody to go through what I’ve done.”

She wished to publicly thank the police, the prosecution and the Surviving Trauma After Rape (STAR) project for their “fantastic” help.