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Man jailed for raping girl in Burnley

A man who raped a 15-year-old girl in Burnley more than two decades ago, has been jailed.

Martin Greenwood (56) of Waltham Abbey, Essex, was unanimously found guilty of rape following a trial at Burnley Crown Court.

He told his victim that “nobody would believe her” if she ever raised the alarm about what had happened.

The victim contacted the police in 2018 and Greenwood was arrested.

He has been sentenced to 15 years in jail and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life. Greenwood was also given an indefinite Sexual harm Prevention Order.

DC Katrina Scott said: “Greenwood is a manipulative individual who presents a danger to female children by his perverted sexual interests.

“His abhorrent behaviour has had a significant impact on the victim. I want to praise her for the strength she has shown throughout the judicial process, including facing her attacker during the trial.

“It is also worth recognising the impact this offending has had on the victim’s family. I also have nothing but praise for them for the way they have conducted themselves and supported the victim throughout the judicial process.

“I hope the outcome of this case will encourage other victims to come forward, knowing they will be believed and listened to. And that we will do everything in our power to put the offenders before the courts.”

Anyone has been the victim of a sexual offence can report it online here: https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/ or call 101. 

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