Paedophile jailed for 16 years
A paedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel has been jailed for 16 years.
Martin Smith, 45, who used hypnotism and violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.
He was found guilty of 11 specimen charges of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and indecent assault, spanning nine years from May 1995 to May 2004, following a trial in December last year.
Sentencing Smith, Mr Justice Stephen Irwin said he "trapped and overwhelmed" his victim with repeated sexual assaults over a sustained period of time.
"You had so domineered her that she was crushed by you," said Mr Justice Irwin. The judge said Smith represented "a high risk of serious harm" to any girls who might find themselves under his influence in the future.
The trial heard that Smith, originally from North Shields, had regular access to the victim and abused her for almost a decade from when she was aged just seven. He would attempt to hypnotise, hit and bully his victim to ensure she complied.
In 2007, Smith's victim reported the abuse to police and he was arrested in November that year.
He "emphatically denied" all the allegations and was bailed, and went to Spain with his family.
Smith's daughter Rebecca, five, and son Daniel, 11 months, were found dead in the Hotel Miramar in the resort of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava on May 18 last year. Their mother Lianne Smith, 43, faces two counts of murder.
After he was extradited back to Britain, his partner is then alleged to have murdered the couple's children.