Child abductor sentenced to 13 years in prison

Sentenced: Michael Martin (PIC via James Flynn/APX)
Sentenced: Michael Martin (PIC via James Flynn/APX)

Michael Martin was sentenced to 17 years in prison, with four suspended, for the false imprisonment of an 11-year-old girl in Laois.

Martin was sentenced today in connection with the attempted abduction, which took place at Cullahill in Co Laois on March 4 this year.

Martin bundled an 11-year-old girl into an SUV and she was only freed after her brave younger brother jumped onto the car, allowing his sister to escape.

At a hearing last week the brave boy was praised by Gardai.

The court heard previously heard that Martin, who is originally from Dublin, but with an address at Shandon Court, Yellow Road, Waterford city, has 92 previous convictions.

The majority of the convictions are for fraud or robbery but also included a conviction for an assault of a girl, threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a woman and in another incident, false imprisonment.

“His appalling criminal record is clearly an aggravating factor that I must take into account,” said Judge Keenan Johnson.

Martin initially denied to Gardai that he was attempting to abduct the 11 year old before pleading guilty to false imprisonment in July of this year.