May 2022

Dangerous sex predator Martin Duna pounces on Bradford schoolgirl, drags her into woods and attacks her

A man dragged a schoolgirl into bushes, held his hand over her mouth and sexually attacked her.

The young girl struggled to breathe as she was attacked by Martin Duna, 19, in Bowling Park, Bradford on October 11 last year.

Sick Duna threatened to kill the girl and then took her phone. The girl had been walking to school through the park when she was targeted.

Duna had been sat on a bench nearby before he began to follow her.

Prosecuting, Philip Standfast, told Bradford Crown Court on Friday: “As she walked past him she heard footsteps behind her. She quickened her step, but the defendant did as well.

He then grabbed her by her waist and pulled her into the woods. She was very frightened by this and the defendant asked if she had a boyfriend.”

In an attempt to get Duna, of New Hay Road, to desist, the girl told him she had a boyfriend. Duna lied and claimed that his name was the same before he sexually assaulted her.

Mr Standfast said: “She was so scared she had problems breathing and was making a noise as she did so. He told her to be quiet or he would kill her and put his hand over her mouth and nose for a short time. He took her mobile phone from her pocket and at one point took hold of her schoolbag and walked away.”

Duna was apprehended by two boys, who the girl had told about him, and they managed to get her her mobile phone back. The girl reported the assault to a teacher when she got to school and the incident was reported to West Yorkshire Police, who issued a press release with CCTV images of Duna.

Mr Standfast told the court Duna surrendered but denied the offences of robbery and sexual assault and told officers he had found the girl’s phone. DNA taken from the breast of the girl’s shirt matched Duna’s, but he did not plead guilty to robbery until a plea, trial and preparation hearing, and sexual assault at an even later stage.

The court heard Duna has still not provided an explanation as to why he attacked the young girl. In a heart wrenching victim personal statement written in April this year, she said: “After I was assaulted, I changed how I lived and had to change my routine because of how scared me made me.”

The girl told how she no longer walks through the park, and earlier last month had been there for the first time since the incident with friends and became “really scared” when she realised where she was and “burst into tears”.

She added: “I get flashbacks about what happened to me. When this happens I tear up and it makes me upset. Those flashbacks disturb my sleep and I never used to have problems sleeping but after it happened the flashbacks would keep me awake, like it was happening to me again and again. I still get them now seven months later. I don’t know if it will ever stop. He’s changed my life.”

Judge Jonathan Rose told the court Duna had not provided an explanation into his offending, and had even tried to minimise his own sexual drive in his interview with a probation worker, by claiming he did not watch pornography or masturbate.

He said: “I asked your counsel why you did what you did and no answer was given but there is an answer and that is you were determined to have sexual contact with her. That much is obvious because you grabbed hold of her by her waist, abducted her by taking her into a wooded area. She was isolated. That of course was your intention, you didn’t want anyone to see what you were going to do to her. She was so scared that she had problems breathing. Her difficulty in breathing meant that she made a noise. Your response to that was to tell her to be quiet or you would kill her.

“Did you think that your victim doesn’t know of women who have been sexually attacked or murdered by men? This is quite frankly, an appalling attack on an innocent child.”

As he locked Duna up for four years and seven months in a young offenders’ institution, and made him the subject of an extended licence period of five years, Judge Rose told him that he had concluded he was a dangerous offender.

He said: “I am satisfied so that I’m sure that you are a dangerous young man. My starting point isn’t because you have no previous convictions, but it stems from you having no previous convictions – it makes the offence even more inexplicable. You have not given an explanation and that is deeply troubling. It is right the court is concerned you will do this again.

“The author [of the pre-sentence report] suggests, and I conceded it likely to be true, you have taken advice from other prisoners who you said had advised you how to minimise your offending. The fact you’re willing to do so adds to my concern.

“The author described you as showing predatory activity and you were prepared to take extreme risks. It was broad daylight in a public park and you used aggressive and controlling behaviour to threaten to kill her and put your hand over her mouth. All of these matters in my view go to supporting the conclusion of the author that you pose a high risk of serious harms to pubescent females.

“She concedes that if you are released, further offences are to be more likely than not to happen.”

Duna was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.