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Friday, 29 May 2015

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16 years’ jail for Cumbrian man who repeatedly raped girl

A man who repeatedly raped a schoolgirl – and threatened to kill her if she told anyone – has been sent to prison for 16 years.

A judge at Carlisle Crown Court told Jason Speakman: “It is hard to imagine a more serious case of the sexual exploitation of a vulnerable child.”

The court heard that Speakman, 32, of High Garth, Kendal, started abusing the girl when she was just six years old and continued for seven years until last winter when she plucked up the courage to tell a friend about it.

He was given a 16-year prison sentence – of which he will probably serve half before being released on licence.

But the judge said the case was so serious that Speakman – described as being a serious risk of committing further such offences – would be on licence for another six years after that.

That means that if he commits another crime in the next 22 years he will be automatically be recalled to prison.


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