‘Evil’ child rapist jailed for life after being unmasked by new technology

A prolific and “evil” kid rapist has been jailed for lifetime after getting unmasked employing new engineering produced in the Uk that unpixelated an image of his deal with uncovered in shots he experienced taken of himself abusing his victims.

Martyn Armstrong, from Pembrokeshire, documented himself committing “depraved” functions from 3 kids, like a target as youthful as just one, in excess of a range of a long time and posted the images to the dim website.

The 50-12 months-outdated was arrested in July previous yr right after officers designed the never before employed device.

He pleaded guilty to a full of 41 counts of rape of a boy or girl under the age of 13 and sexual assault related to two victims, and to building, distributing and possessing indecent illustrations or photos of little ones in relation to them both of those and a third target.

Roger Griffiths, prosecuting, informed Cardiff Crown Court docket Armstrong had taken the pictures of him abusing kids amongst 2005 and 2007, and amongst December 16, 2009, and February 6, 2011, and had admitted to using photographs of a third little one on a seaside in 2010.

Cardiff Crown Court docket (Antony Stone/PA)

Armstrong had posted online a sequence of 200 extremely graphic pictures and a video clip underneath the file title ‘Father Jones’ which reveals him consistently raping his youngest victim.

The sequence has been regarded to criminal offense businesses across the entire world since 2013 thanks to the file becoming shared and downloaded throughout 18 countries, not including the Uk, inside South The united states, Australia and Europe.

The folder was continue to remaining shared in the Uk in early 2022 across 6 internet sites, and experienced been found by police forces in 583 forensic submissions.

Mr Griffiths explained Armstrong experienced made use of photoshop to place a zig-zag distortion across his graphic, but produced no attempt to disguise the identities of his victims.

Because of to his confront staying blurred, investigators had been not able to discover the paedophile for nearly a 10 years, irrespective of makes an attempt by legislation enforcement associates from Australia, Italy and France, with an officer from the latter place figuring out the exact beach front spot in Wales which had showcased in some of the photographs.

Mr Griffiths reported: “One graphic highlighted the offenders deal with with a zig zag distortion.

“As a consequence in July 2022 and the National Crime Agency officers applying their new resource they have been in a position to unpixelate the image of the defendant in that collection.”

The application was created by NCA officers in the Uk and is the to start with of its kind to be created in the world.

It is envisioned the programme will aid future perpetrators to be identified.

From the undistorted picture, the officers were in a position to recognize Armstrong’s Facebook profile major to his arrest.

Officers seized a variety of his products and uncovered a disturbing cache of pictures such as 789 class A, 989 category B and 2227 classification C.

Mr Griffiths mentioned: “Mr Armstrong was tracked down and requested if he was guilty of the offences and he answered ‘to some of them yes’.

Armstrong admitted to distributing photos and to naming the Father Jones collection, saying he experienced also taken photographs of 1 of his victims on a beach, telling officers: “I normally have a digital camera with me.”

Adam Sharp, defending, mentioned: “Mr Armstrong does not want me to try to mitigate the depravity of his steps or the affect they experienced on his victims.”

Mr Sharp reported his shopper has taken full duty for his steps, but questioned the judge to acquire into account how he cooperated with officers and had led them to identify other victims.

In a victim impression assertion go through to the court, 1 of his victims reported: “The 2nd I observed the piece of paper (with the images), it felt like I could not breathe.

“I noticed my smiley, young self complete of pleasure, self confidence and innocence.

“I am no extended ready to search at these photos without the need of a rush of panic and heartache.

“I really feel betrayed, manipulated and deceived.”

Addressing Armstrong, they stated: “You abused me, manipulated me and have permanently darkened a piece of my childhood.

“When I consider about the style of man or woman who could commit this kind of horrific crimes, I experience like only a monster could ever be liable. Hardly ever did I think that all together, the only monster was you.”

Sentencing Armstrong to a existence imprisonment with a least phrase of 14 years, Recorder of Cardiff Tracey Lloyd-Clarke claimed: “In these courts we offer with the most really serious sexual offences but the nature and depravity of your offending is stunning.

“No doubt you considered the precautions you took to disguise your identification would shield you from remaining recognized.

“Thanks to the fantastic get the job done of officers from the Countrywide Criminal offense Company and other law enforcement companies throughout the earth you had been apprehended.”

The judge explained probation officers had categorised Armstrong as higher-risk and identified he had an “obsession with the sexual abuse of kids and babies”.

“You distributed visuals of small children for the sexual gratification of other paedophiles,” she added.

“That will go on for the relaxation of their life mainly because these images simply cannot be recalled.”

Armstrong was also produced the matter of a 25-12 months sexual harm prevention get, along with restraining get in relation to the 3 victims.

Donning a navy blue fleece and blue polo shirt, he confirmed no emotion as he was taken down.

Martin Ludlow from the NCA explained: “It is more than 17 yrs considering the fact that Armstrong began to abuse these youthful young children. I don’t consider he believed he would at any time be caught and that the distortion strategies he applied would guard him.

“However, the NCA and our intercontinental partners were being identified to make certain his evil steps did not go unpunished.

“Our dedication to determining him was unwavering and finally, NCA officers developed a wholly new programme which led to his unmasking.

“We will carry on to do the job together and do all we can to bring offenders like Armstrong to justice and guard innocent young children from child sexual abuse.”