28th Mar, 2017

Leamington child porn man faces further charges

Leamington Editorial 14th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WHEN staff at a sheltered housing premises for young adults in Leamington found a memory card in the lounge, they checked it and found it contained indecent images of children.

So police were called, and 18 year-old resident Zak Markham-Martin, who was already subject to a sexual harm prevention order over earlier indecent images, was arrested.

Markham-Martin, of Leicester Street, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges of making indecent images of children and breaching the order.

But on the day he was due to be sentenced, prosecutor Matthew Brook asked for the case to be adjourned.

He explained in February last year Markham-Martin had been made subject to a referral order and a five-year sexual harm prevention order for offences of making indecent images of children.

Following the hearing he did not return home, but found accommodation at sheltered housing for young adults, where it was noticed he was very withdrawn and spending a lot of time on his laptop.

In August last year he left his memory card in the lounge, where it was found by a member of staff who checked it and found it contained indecent images of children still photos and a movie.

Markham-Martin was charged in relation to those images and entered his guilty pleas in December, after which the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

But Mr Brook said since then the police have also examined Markham-Martin’s laptop and phone, which had been seized when he was arrested. On them they found further indecent images and a movies.

Adjourning the case for Markham-Martin to be charged and for the further matters to be sent to the crown court, Recorder Evans told him: “It’s important that when the court comes to sentence you it has all the matters in front of it.”