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TV psychic jailed for child rape

A former TV psychic whose partner is accused of murdering their two children has been jailed for child sex abuse.

Martin Smith, 45, of Carlisle, was jailed for 16 years at Liverpool Crown Court for the rape and indecent assault of a young girl who is now in her 20s.

Smith, originally from North Shields, used hypnotism and violence to groom and sexually abuse his victim.

His partner, Lianne Smith, 44, is accused of killing Rebecca, five, and Daniel, 11 months, in Spain in 2009.

Smith had denied 11 counts of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault on his victim over a period of 10 years at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Stephen Irwin said he "trapped and overwhelmed" his victim with repeated sexual assaults over a sustained period of time.

High risk

He said: "You had so domineered her that she was crushed by you.

"Despite all the evidence, you continued to deny what took place. In my view, you re-write the world to suit yourself."

Mr Justice Irwin said Smith represented "a high risk of serious harm" to any girls who might find themselves under his influence in the future.

Image caption Lianne Smith said they left the UK to "protect" their daughter Rebecca from social services

In December 2007 Lianne and Martin Smith left the UK for Spain with their young daughter Rebecca. Daniel was subsequently born in Spain.

Martin Smith was extradited to the UK from Spain last spring and, after his return to the UK, Rebecca and Daniel were found dead.

At the time of the deaths the defendant was in custody in England awaiting trial.

In a statement Martin Smith's victim, who cannot be identified, said: "My motivation has always been to protect other children from Martin Smith.

"He abused me for more than a decade. Even after his arrest he prolonged my agony by fleeing abroad.

"I would like to thank my family and friends for their support."

Smith appeared on television as a medium four years ago on the Living channel's Most Haunted programme.

His partner is awaiting trial for the murder of the children, who were found dead in the Hotel Miramar in the resort of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava, in May 2009.

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