Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Abuser Jailed after Targeting Three Children

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Abuser Jailed after Targeting Three Children

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Byline: By Garry Willey

A child molester is beginning a ten year sentence for sex attacks he thought would be forever hidden in his past.

Martin Belshaw, 50, targeted two schoolgirls and a young boy, all under 13, during a campaign of horrific abuse.

He preyed on each in turn, assaulting them and forcing all three to perform appalling sex acts.

When one victim found the strength to stop him, Belshaw's predator instinct saw him move on to the next.

He ended the attacks in the early 1990s and went undiscovered while the traumatised youngsters kept their silence.

But one by one they summoned the courage to make complaints to police last year.

And although Belshaw, from Lambdon Close, North Shields, branded them liars a Newcastle Crown Court jury found him guilty of 15 sex offences.

Passing sentence, Judge John Milford said: "When your first victim resisted eventually your unwelcome attentions you moved from her to another girl and subjected her to sexual abuse over a protracted period of time. …

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