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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Jail for Carlisle man who carried out sex assault on girl almost 20 years ago

A nightclub boss who indecently assaulted a young girl nearly 20 years ago has been jailed for 18 months.

Richard Kane photo
Richard Kane

Richard Kane, 36, who was the manager of Rouge nightclub in Englishgate Plaza, Carlisle, twice touched the same 10-year-old when he was about 18.

He was found guilty of the “serious” crime after a trial last month.

During the trial, the jury saw video evidence of a police interview with Kane’s victim in which she said she “knew it wasn’t right”.

The jury was also told how she said Kane had “a week or two later” put his hand on her nose and mouth and threatened her.

The woman gave evidence in court. It was only last year that she told anyone about what Kane, a dad-of-two, had done to her.

Kane, of Blackwell Road, Currock, had claimed the incidents she described simply never happened. But the jury found him guilty of the charge of indecent assault.

Prosecutor Kim Whittlestone told Carlisle Crown Court that Kane was “the manger of Rouge nightclub” and was also “involved in setting up Kiss,” also in Englishgate Plaza.

Sentencing Judge Peter Hughes QC said: “What happened in these two incidents has had a long and lasting effect on your victim.

“I have no doubt, seeing and listening to her evidence, that what happened had a very significant impact on her.

“A jury decided that these allegations were true.”

Kane, who in court was dressed in a grey tracksuit top, was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order. He is prevented from having contact with any child under 16.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and is barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Acting Detective Sergeant James Yallop, from Carlisle’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The victim in this case was indecently assaulted by Kane when she was 10-years-old.

“He became violent towards her and she was too frightened to report her ordeal until now.

“We encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse to report it to the police, no matter how long ago it happened.

“We have specially trained officers who will treat your case sensitively and in the strictest of confidence. The police will do everything to support you through this process and secure a prosecution.”

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