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Man jailed for historic rape – Salford

December 5, 2012, 1:06 pm

A 59-year-old man convicted of raping a teenage girl in the 1980s has today been jailed for 15 years.

David Occleston, born 16/8/53, of no fixed abode was convicted of two offences of rape following a five day trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was today, Tuesday 4 December 2012, sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Occleston repeatedly raped his victim in the 1980s when she was aged between 14 and 16.

The victim came forward to police in February 2011 and reported the abuse after she had undergone counselling.

Detective Constable Karen Evans, of the Child Abuse Investigation Team at Swinton, said: “Occlestons victim has shown enormous bravery in coming forward and speaking of the abuse she suffered all those years ago.

“Todays result sends out the powerful message that GMP will always investigate complaints of abuse and that the passing of time will not prevent offenders from being pursued.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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