TERRY Martin showed no sign of emotion and refused all requests for comment as he walked free from the Supreme Court in Hobart this afternoon after he was found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
In a surprise move Justice David Porter chose not to jail the former MP and long-serving Glenorchy mayor instead handing him a 10-month suspended sentence back-dated to November 22 when he was taken into custody.
Martin was last week found guilty of having underage sex – with a 12-year-old girl prostituted by her mother and mother’s friend – in September, 2009.
He pleaded not guilty and argued from the start he believed the girl was 18.
He became involved with her after responding to an ad for her services in the newspaper listing her as “Angela, 18, new in town”.
But the jury found he ought to have known she was underage after the nine women and three men deliberated for several hours on Monday last week.
In light of the massive amount of publicity surrounding the case Justice Porter chose to give extensive reasons for his decision not to jail Martin – who was found guilty of one count of sex with a young person under 17 and one of producing child exploitation material.
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