May 2016

Man jailed for 10 years after raping 12-year-old girl

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A MAN has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of raping a child.

Karl Anthony Wood, formerly of Nelson and most recently of no fixed abode, subjected his female victim to ‘a horrific catalogue of abuse over a number of years’.

Wood appeared before a judge at Burnley Crown Court earlier this week where he was also convicted of carrying out eight sexual assaults on the same girl, who can not be named for legal reasons.

Burnley Crown Court heard how the sexual attacks started in 2012 when the girl was just nine and only stopped when he was arrested in 2015.

The rape happened when the girl was 12.

As well as sentencing Wood to 10 years’ imprisonment, Judge Simon Newell also made him subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

The 30-year-old must also sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and pay a victim surcharge of £120.

Wood was arrested on August 18, last year, and charged the following day.

He appeared before Burnley Magistrates’ Court on August 20 and was sent for trial at Burnley Crown Court.

He was denied bail and has been in custody since August 18.