A Carlisle man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a number of historic child sex assaults during the 1970s and 1980s.

Thomas Donoghue, 65, of Lingmoor Way, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court last month.

Donoghue was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency with a child following a trial held last year.

Detective Constable Lindsey Priestley said: “I would like to praise the victim in this case for having the courage to report the abuse to the police and their cooperation throughout the investigation

“For many years Donoghue thought he had got away with the abuse he subjected the victim to. He was cruel and controlling in carrying out consistent and horrific abuse.

“His actions have had a long-lasting impact on his victim and I hope that his sentencing can provide some form of closure.

“I hope that Donoghue’s sentencing sends a clear message that those that abuse children will be investigated and can expect a lengthy prison sentence.

“I would like to reiterate our commitment to investigating thoroughly any reports of sexual abuse – whether recent or non-recent.

"I would urge anyone listening who has been subject to offences of this nature to come forward. You will be listened to.”

  • If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.