November 2015

Man jailed for child sexual offences


A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of 13 counts of rape and indecent assault of a child.

James Andrew Swindlehurst, of Rockingham Street, Honeywell, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday 20 November, where he was sentenced to two decades behind bars.

Swindlehurst denied the offences against two victims that spanned a five-year period during the 1990/ 2000s.

He was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in October.

Detective Constable Elinor Duke, leading the investigation, said: “This man took advantage of the fact that the children were vulnerable.

“He gained their trust by building a friendship with them and making them feel ‘needed’.

“He would buy them sweets and take them out before carrying out a prolonged period of sexual abuse, telling them that there was no point telling anyone as nobody would believe them.”