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Martin Francis Flynn’s appeals on convictions in two child sex trials have failed

  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • September 21, 2010 11:25AM

A NOTORIOUS pedophile who has been labelled an “out of control predator with no chance of rehabilitation” failed in appeals on convictions in two separate child sex trials, today.

Martin Francis Flynn has a long history of offending against children and was used as an example to support Queensland’s introduction of a blue card system to vet people wanting to coach junior sporting teams about 10 years ago.

In the District Court in Brisbane last January, Flynn, 40, was found guilty by a jury of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child and of two rapes. The offences involved the young son of a woman Flynn knew and were committed in the Burpengary area, on Brisbane’s northern fringe between 2003 and 2006.

In a separate trial in February last year, Flynn was found guilty of maintaining sexual relationship with a child, taking indecent photographs, procuring a sexual indecency by administering a drug and rape.

The majority of the offences involved a boy and his sister, again the children of a woman friend, who lived in a north Brisbane suburb.

His sentence for those offences was adjourned until the second trial was resolved and Flynn had spent almost three years remanded in custody.

At the sentence hearing prosecutor Dzenita Balic said Flynn was an out of control predator with no chance of rehabilitation

In 1993 Flynn was a junior cricket coach in Melbourne when jailed for three years for molesting two boys a player and the player’s friend.

After serving 18 months, Flynn was freed and moved to Queensland where he again took up cricket coaching and eventually became vice-president of a Brisbane junior cricket club.

Ms Balic said Flynn used his position as a coach to molest the younger brother of one of his players. After a jury found him guilty, he was jailed for four years in 1999.

On his release, Ms Balic said Flynn cultivated two boys by becoming friendly with their single mothers – all this despite being a “reportable sex offender”.

She detailed how Flynn raped one boy twice and drugged the other lad before assaulting him and taking an indecent photograph of him.

Judge Tony Rafter, SC, sentenced Flynn to a total of 15 years jail.

Flynn appealed his first conviction for the 2009 trial on six grounds including his convictions were a miscarriage of justice.

He also appealed his second trial convictions on the grounds they were unreasonable and the judge misdirected the jury.

In an unanimous judgment the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals.

Flynn further appealed his sentence and that appeal was upheld but only in regards to varying the concurrent sentences on two of the charges but that did not change the overall 15 years jail sentence.
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Serial child molester Martin Francis Flynn caged for 15 years

Article from: The Courier-Mail

January 29, 2010 01:55pm

NOTORIOUS pedophile Martin Francis Flynn – jailed for 15 years today – is an out of control predator with no chance of rehabilitation, a court heard.

Prosecutor Dzenita Balic told the District Court in Brisbane that the public needed protection from Flynn’s deviant behaviour and asked for a life sentence.

“There is no prospect of his rehabilitation. He is a man who needs to be supervised for the rest of his life,” Ms Balic said.

Flynn has a long history of offending against children and was even used as an example to support Queensland’s introduction of a blue card system to vet people wanting to coach junior sporting teams about 10 years ago.

A District Court jury in Brisbane last week found Flynn, 40, guilty of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child and of two rapes. The offences involved the young son of a woman Flynn knew and were committed in the Burpengary area, on Brisbane’s northern fringe between 2003 and 2006.

In a separate case last year, Flynn was found guilty of maintaining sexual relationship with a child, taking indecent photographs, procuring a sexual indecency by administering a drug and rape.

The majority of the offences involved a boy and his sister, again the children of a woman friend, who lived in a north Brisbane suburb.

His sentence for those offences was adjourned until last week’s trial was resolved and Flynn has spent almost three years remanded in custody.

At today’s hearing Ms Balic detailed Flynn’s criminal history. She said in 1993 he was a junior cricket coach in Melbourne when jailed for three years for molesting two boys a player and the player’s friend.

After serving 18 months, Flynn was freed and moved to Queensland where he again took up cricket coaching and eventually became vice-president of a Brisbane junior cricket club.

Ms Balic said Flynn used his position as a coach to molest the younger brother of one of his players. After a jury found him guilty, he was jailed for four years in 1999.

On his release, the prosecutor said Flynn cultivated two boys by becoming friendly with their single mothers – all this despite being a “reportable sex offender”.

She detailed how Flynn raped one boy twice and drugged the other lad before assaulting him and taking an indecent photograph of him.

Ms Balic said: “It is not an understatement to say he has destroyed their lives. It has had a very serious impact on the children. They have become angry young men.”

Barrister Scott Lynch, for Flynn, said his client had been raised against a background of domestic violence and had been bullied at school.

Judge Tony Rafter, SC, said Flynn had manoeuvred his way into the trust of the children’s parents so he could set up situations for his sexual gratification. “You are an insidious individual and a serious danger to the community,” he said, before sentencing Flynn to 15 years.

 

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Pedophile Martin Francis Flynn found guilty

Article from: The Courier-Mail

Mark Oberhardt

January 25, 2010 11:47am

NOTORIOUS pedophile Martin Francis Flynn has been found guilty of further child sex charges and will be sentenced later this week.

Flynn was among those used as an example when Queensland introduced a system to vet people wanting to coach junior sporting teams about 10 years ago.

A District Court jury in Brisbane on Friday night, found Flynn, 41, guilty of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child and two counts of rape.

The offences involved a boy, the son of a woman Flynn knew, and were committed on Brisbane’s northern fringe between 2003 and 2006.

Last year, another District Court jury in Brisbane found Flynn guilty of maintaining sexual relationship with a child, taking indecent photographs, procuring a sexual indecency by administering a drug, and rape.

The majority of the offences involved a boy and his sister, again the children of a woman friend, who lived in a north Brisbane suburb. They were committed in 2006 and 2007.

His sentence for those offences was adjourned until last week’s trial was resolved and Flynn has been held in custody on remand for almost three years.

In a brief mention hearing today, Judge Tony Rafter, SC, adjourned Flynn’s hearing for all outstanding sentences until Friday.

Flynn made headlines in 1999 when he was jailed for four years on child sex charges.

At the time a cricket coach, he was found guilty of molesting the younger brother of one of his players.

It was revealed at the time, that Flynn had also been a cricket coach in Melbourne where he was jailed in 1993 for molesting two boys _ a player and the player’s friend.

After serving 18 months of his Melbourne sentence, Flynn moved to Queensland where he again took up cricket coaching and eventually became vice-president of a Brisbane junior cricket club.

The court heard that at the time of his Melbourne offences Flynn was not an Australian Cricket Board coach but had qualified since arriving in Brisbane.

He is banned from any role as a junior sports coach under Queensland’s blue card system which bars anyone with a child sex conviction from being involved with teams or clubs.

 

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