Doncaster Pc ‘assaulted girl, 14 then gave her sweets’

David Martin, 67, a former police officer from Doncaster arrives at Sheffield Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
David Martin, 67, a former police officer from Doncaster arrives at Sheffield Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

A POLICE officer sexually assaulted a girl before stopping to give her a packet of sweets, a Sheffield court has heard.

Former policeman David Martin, 67, is on trial accused of repeatedly abusing a girl over a 15-year period.

Giving evidence through a recorded police interview, the woman alleged that Martin had handed her treats after sexually assaulting her when she was 14.

Previously: Pc ‘assaulted girl in front of her parents’ during house-to-house inquiries

The woman, who is now in her 30s, told Sheffield Crown Court: “I had gone to fetch something for my mum. He came down the street in his car.

“He told me to get in. I said I would walk.

“When we got to his house I said I would sit and wait for him but he said ‘no, I’m going to be a while’.

“In the house he called me into the kitchen.

“He pushed me up against the cupboard. He started kissing my neck and started rubbing my earlobe.

“It felt horrible. I wanted him to stop. I felt shamed and embarrassed.

“His breath when he started to kiss me smelt of stale smoke.

“I tried to push him away but he carried on.

“He stopped and got a packet of sweets out of the cupboard and then gave them to me.

“I felt it was my fault for getting in the car as I shouldn’t have gone with him.”

The court heard Martin, of Doncaster, allegedly told the girl to “relax” on more than one occasion as he sexually assaulted her.

Describing an incident where Martin allegedly sexually assaulted her when she was aged just nine or ten, the woman said he tried to kiss her on the lips but she “closed my mouth as tight as I could.”

Martin is also accused of groping another girl after calling at her house while on door-to-door duties looking for a missing boy.

He is alleged to have hugged her tightly, rubbing her breasts in the process, while he spoke to her parents in the middle of carrying out his door-to-door inquiries.

The woman told police that after her father died the following year, Martin continued to show up at her home uninvited, and while she said he didn’t touch her again, he did make her feel uncomfortable, the court heard.

He denies 19 counts of sexual and indecent assault which took place between 1994 and 2010.

The case continues.