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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT
FROM BRITISH COURTS | 32
life -- For reasons I need not detail -- serious accident -- sadly you
turned to drink and became dependent -- I am satisfied that at the time
of these offences you were in a dark and lonely place -- you misjudged
the situation -- you have caused significant distress to (the complainant
who supplied a victim impact statement)-- you have done a great deal
to rehabilitate yourself -- you have been punished by loss of a career --
Having imposed the sentence, Judge Hatton said, "Speak to probation
before you leave." HG
By Helen Gavaghan at Bradford, Crown Court.
28th June, 2016
Martin Vincent Cumiskey from Halifax in the UK was this afternoon
found guilty of 20 charges comprising rape, attempted rape, indecent
assault and indecency. He was sentenced by His Honour Judge Hatton
QC to a total of 22 custodial years, plus one year on licence. After 11
years Mr Cumiskey will be eligible to apply for parole. Whenever he is
released there will be an additional year on license. The maximum
sentence he will serve, said the judge, is 22 years. It took the jury a
little under two hours to reach their unanimous verdicts.
Mr Cumiskey, who prosecutor Mr Andrew Dallas told me is 53, has at all
times since arrest pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The case opened on 20th June, 2016. Three adult women were the
complainants. Each gave independent evidence in Court from behind
screens. His honour explained the screens were not to be interpreted as
a slur on the defendent, but were to make it easier for witnesses to
Throughout the trial Mr Cumiskey had the assistance of an
intermediary, a special measure taken following the recommendations
made in a pre-trial report to the Court from a consultant psychologist.
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