Alley rapist sentenced

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

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

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

Judge Roger Ibbotson today (Thursday) ordered Nash to serve an extended sentence of six years in custody with an additional three years on licence.

The trial at Leeds Crown Court 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 by forcing her to perform oral sex.”

Nash,of Benson Lane, Normanton, 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.