Jail for violent sex attack loud mouth

Martin Corbett
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A “LOUD-MOUTHED lout” has been jailed after a sex attack on a teenage girl on Blackpool Promenade.

Preston Crown Court heard how epilepsy-sufferer Martin Corbett had pleaded guilty to a catalogue of vile behaviour before appearing in the dock to face sentence.

He had molested the young girl while she was trying to help a homeless woman near North Pier.

In another incident he kicked and stamped on a man outside a pub in the town centre.

He was then caught trying to take a blade into Preston Crown Court on an earlier date when he was due to be sentenced.

Sentencing him to 40 weeks jail, Judge Anthony Russell QC, the recorder of Preston, told Corbett: “You are revealed to be a loud mouthed lout who has used offensive and violent behaviour on occasions to people, no doubt as a result of your drinking to excess and possibly affected by your illness.

“But the consequence has been you have caused considerable distress and upset to your various victims. The time has come when you are going to have to go to prison.”

Lee Speakman, prosecuting, told how the teenage girl was attacked in June last year. She and friends were out celebrating a birthday and ended up chatting and taking pictures outside the Metropole Hotel.

Corbett was drinking cider in the area and began to shout at her and make sexual comments before exposing himself to the girls.

One was trying to assist a homeless female she was concerned about.

The defendant approached her and grabbed her sexually.

Afterwards, the girl spoke of suffering nightmares for two weeks and regularly having flashbacks.

The assault occurred outside Tommy Ducks bar, Station Road, South Shore, in December. Corbett knocked a man unconscious before kicking and stamping on the victim.

The final offences came when he tried to take a blade into court.

He was arrested and taken to Preston Police Station where he shouted racist comments from his cell.

Julie Taylor, defending, said her client did not recall the sexual offences, due to drink.

His barrister referred to apparent comments the defendant had made to a probation officer, allegedly expressing dim views of women and Asians.

Miss Taylor said: “It is fair to say it is a lot of bravado. He has a very low IQ.”

The 30-year-old, of Lytham Road, South Shore, was given 40 weeks’ jail, having pleaded guilty to offences of exposure, sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, having a bladed article and racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

Corbett will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.