Sex offender has appeal thrown out
A man who was jailed indefinitely after luring a 15-year-old boy into his clutches and trying to rape him has lost a Court of Appeal challenge to his convictions.
Martin Lionel Todd, (44), of Alloway Close, Rushey Mead, Leicester, was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court of attempted rape and two sexual assaults in March last year.
He was considered such a public danger that he was sentenced to an indefinite sentence, meaning he might never be released back into the community.
At the Court of Appeal this week, he claimed he was framed by police. However, he had his case kicked out of court by three senior judges.
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Judge Nicholas Cooke QC, sitting with Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Mr Justice Silber, said there was "no discernible ground" of appeal.
Todd claimed police had coerced the 15-year-old complainant into false allegations, putting pressure on him. All of Todd's complaints against police had already been dismissed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
"There is no material providing support for such assertions before us and there is no discernible ground for appeal in this area," the judge said.
Todd also complained that an investigation into whether the boy suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might have been necessary.
That had not taken place, said Todd, giving him grounds for appeal.
But the judges said the issue had no consequences on the safety of the guilty verdicts and rejected his bid to clear his name.