October 15 2011
– A convicted teenage killer has confessed to a staggering 632 crimes which began when he was aged just ten.
Martin Ellerton admitted committing the offences in a seven-year spree until he was 17 – when he was locked up for manslaughter.
Ellerton, now 21, was given a minimum four years detention for public protection after admitting the killing of his father during a violent street row.
He stabbed 41-year-old Peter Ellerton in the stomach with a large kitchen knife in a garden in Bradford, West Yorks, in October 2007.
But while serving his sentence, Ellerton had a series of meetings with police and went with them to the scene of his crimes, Bradford Crown Court was told.
Officers met him eight times during April and July this year where he revealed his past misdeeds.
They included 38 house burglaries, 230 other burglaries, 175 thefts from vehicles and 173 offences of taking vehicles without consent, involving property with a total value of £300,000.
Car theft: Ellerton admitted 348 vehicle offences. Picture posed by model
PRISON CONFESSION OF A SERIAL YOUNG CRIMINAL
Martin Ellerton admitted 632 offences when he was questioned by police in prison where he was serving a sentence for killing his father.
He drove officers to the scene of his crimes which began when he was 10-years-old.
No-one had ever been caught for the catalogue of offences.
These included: Thirty-eight house burglaries and 230 other burglaries.
One hundred and seventy-five thefts from vehicles.
There were also 173 offences of taking vehicles without consent involving property with a total value of £300,000.
But prosecutor Bashir Ahmed said he had asked for 632 offences to be taken into consideration – ‘the most I have ever seen’.
His barrister, Iain Johnstone, told the court there was no evidence against Ellerton for any of the crimes and none would have been cleared up had it not been for his confessions.
Ellerton had assured him he had been through every offence and admitted them all.
Mr Johnstone said Ellerton had just had the first review of his sentence but it had been refused and his next review would not be until May 2012.
After the case Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus, of Bradford South Police, said: “This is an incredible amount of offences which have been taken into consideration and certainly one of the highest amounts I have ever come across.
“It took numerous prison interviews to ascertain all the offences Ellerton had been involved in.
Guilty plea: Ellerton appeared ta Bradford Crown Court
“It is particularly pleasing to see that he has now admitted to these crimes, as he has clearly impacted upon the lives of hundreds of people.”
Judge Roger Ibbotson, adjourning sentence for probation and psychiatric reports, said he could not ignore the volume of offences and the amount involved.