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2 June 2015, 14:17 | Updated: 2 June 2015, 14:23
A 50-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of indecently assaulting two young boys following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
Martin Spicer, of Wilton Close, Southmead, abused one boy from the age of six in the mid-1980s in the Hartcliffe area of the city.
He abused a second boy from the age of nine-years-old in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These offences happened in the Bedminster and Horfield areas of the city.
Following a short trial, Spicer was convicted of six counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child. In addition to the prison sentence he’ll be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Investigating officer Det Con Sarah Bowden said:
“Martin Spicer committed some horrendous offences against very young children who’ve had to live with the consequences of the abuse into their adult lives. They’ve both shown immense courage in speaking to us about what Spicer did to them and their evidence has helped to secure the conviction of a dangerous sexual offender.
Our priorities have been to make sure Spicer is unable to cause any further harm to children and to provide his victims with all the help they need. Both victims were supported by the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service provided by Next Link whose assistance proved invaluable in helping support the victims throughout the investigation and legal process.
I hope this conviction sends out a strong message that despite some of these offences happening up to 30 years ago, we were able to investigate them thoroughly and ultimately secure justice for the victims.”