Update: 16/01/14:  Investigating officers have been liaising with officers in Surrey who arrested Sleman early this afternoon in the Smallfield area of Surrey. He remains in custody and he will be returned to Prison.

September 2013

  Public warned not to approach “psychopath” paedophile

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A DANGEROUS armed robber who once kidnapped and tried to rape a 10-year-old child has gone on the run after fleeing his Exeter bail hostel.

Mark Sleman, was released from jail under licence earlier this year as part of a seven-year sentence for robbing a homeless man at knifepoint and attempting to rob a garage shop supervisor in Exeter, again armed with a knife. 

A police manhunt has been launched to get him back behind bars. Police believe Sleman is still in the Exeter area and the public has been warned not to approach him but to call 999 immediately if they see him.

Sleman category of offending means he has spent nearly 20 of his 42 years locked up and when he was jailed at Exeter Crown Court in November 2008 the judge considered an “indefinite term” which would have meant he could only be released if he could prove to the Home Secretary he was no longer a danger to the public.

He had been diagnosed as a ‘cold and callous psychopath’ and had robbed his own homeless friend at knifepoint when they were sleeping rough on land near Sandygate roundabout. He then attempted to rob the Esso station at the Moto services on the M5 at Sowton and was only thwarted by a quick-thinking shop assistant.

He was also sentenced to another four months when he admitted the offences were a breach of a suspended sentence he had been given for failing to notify the Sex Offenders’ Register of a change of address.

The court also heard that Sleman had previously served a nine-year jail sentence for attempted rape, indecent assault and kidnap. That involved kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from a house, taking her to a caravan, sexually abusing her, threatening her, then returning her to her address. 

In the early hours of the morning he let himself into the vicarage, woke the child, and told her he was collecting her on the vicar’s instructions because there had been a burglary. The vicar and his wife slept in the next room.

Holmes carried the girl back to his caravan, partly bound her arms and gagged her, then tried to rape her and performed serious sexual assaults upon her, before returning her to her bedroom.

He had also been jailed in 2003 for robbing the Winning Post service station, on Haldon Hill, near the city, at knifepoint.

Police say that Sleman also goes by the name Archie Sleman and Stuart Holmes. He is described as a white man, 5ft 11in tall (180cm), medium build, cropped ginger hair, blue eyes, with a 3in scar on his right cheek and a soft English accent. He has numerous tattoos on his arms, including a rose, the name Suggs, a cross and some dots.

June 2013 – Former EDL member Slemen now goes by the name Archie Sleman and is now living in Camborne. He uses various online dating websites. He was called Mark Holmes in 1994 when he was convicted for sexual offences against a young girl

November 2008

Sex offender jailed for seven years for robbing a friend at knifepoint

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ARMED robber Mark Sleman aka Archie Sleman aka Mark Holmes has been jailed for more than seven years after carrying out a knifepoint robbery and attempting another in the city.

The 37-year-old, who had a previous conviction for kidnapping and attempting to rape a 10-year-old girl (conviction from 1994 below this article) , was jailed for seven years and four months at Exeter Crown Court.

The court was told how quick-thinking forecourt supervisor James Hughes activated the panic button when Sleman threatened him with a knife in an attempted robbery at the Esso station at the Moto services on the M5 at Sowton.

Sleman had earlier robbed his own homeless friend at knifepoint when they were sleeping rough on land near Sandygate roundabout.

Judge Jeremy Griggs said the seven years was for Sleman’s latest offences and the other four months was an activated suspended sentence.

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The defendant, who remained expressionless as he was jailed, has been diagnosed as a psychopath by a psychiatrist who assessed him.

Sleman, from Exeter but of no settled address, pleaded guilty to robbing a man and attempted robbery at the Esso service station.

He also admitted the offences were a breach of a suspended sentence he had been given for failing to notify the Sex Offenders’ Register of a change of address.

Prosecutor Malcolm Galloway said Sleman had previously served a nine-year jail sentence for attempted rape, indecent assault and kidnap.

That involved kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from a house, taking her to a caravan, sexually abusing her, threatening her, then returning her to the address.

More recently, he was jailed at Exeter Crown Court in 2003 for robbing the Winning Post service station, on Haldon Hill, near the city, at knifepoint.

The latest offences were committed on June 22. Sleman robbed his friend Mr Gowers at knifepoint of some of his cash, after the victim withdrew his benefits from a cashpoint at the Moto services.

They then drank together at the Half Moon pub, in Clyst St Mary, but Mr Gowers reported the robbery to police after Sleman had left.

Later that night, Sleman arrived at the Esso garage and asked Mr Hughes: “Mate, are you a bit of a hero,” before demanding cash, threatening him at knifepoint and stabbing the blade into the counter.

Slemen fled without any cash after Mr Hughes told him he had triggered the panic alarm.

He handed himself into a police station, after officers found his coat nearby with some paperwork inside.

Mr Galloway said: “He has a psychopathic disorder.

“In Mr Sleman’s case this is clear. People with this disorder are cold, callous, predatory and parasitic individuals. He has absolutely no regard for anyone else.”

Defence counsel Nicholas Bradley said nobody was injured in either incident and the Sleman had used a two and a half inch blade which was part of a waiter’s tool to open bottles.

He added that Sleeman disputed the Crown’s facts over the robbery of his friend Mr Gowers and claimed it was a row over tobacco, although a decision had been made not to hold a trial of issue over this.

Judge Griggs said he had considered jailing Sleman indefinitely.

He said Sleman would serve half of his sentence and then be released on licence.

September 1994

Child sex man says sentence is too soft

A SEX OFFENDER told a judge that his nine- year jail sentence was not harsh enough.

Mark Holmes had admitted kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from a vicarage and subjecting her to a horrific ordeal. After Mr Justice Pill sentenced him at Plymouth Crown Court, Holmes said: ‘What sort of sentence is that? I have ruined a girl’s life and you give me nine years.’

Holmes, 23, from St Budeaux, Plymouth, committed the sex acts in a nearby caravan where he was staying. The girl and her younger sister were staying with the vicar and his wife while their mother visited their father in London.

Andrew Maitland, for the prosecution, said Holmes, who had his meals at the vicarage, stole the key to the back door after catching sight of the girl.

In the early hours of the morning he let himself into the vicarage, woke the child, and told her he was collecting her on the vicar’s instructions because there had been a burglary. The vicar and his wife slept in the next room.

Holmes carried the girl back to his caravan, partly bound her arms and gagged her, then tried to rape her and performed serious sexual assaults upon her, before returning her to her bedroom.

The court heard that after the offences Holmes tried to commit suicide with an overdose and began writing the girl a letter in which he said: ‘What you did tonight was forced upon you. Do not carry this on your mind. I am genuinely devastated by my behaviour. I hope you overcome what has happened. I am a beast, an animal.’

In a letter read to the court, the girl’s mother said of her daughter: ‘She no longer cares about herself and on one occasion was about to walk in front of a car, but I pulled her back.’