June 2016

Dunstable sex offender jailed for 20 years


A man from Dunstable has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual abuse carried out against two females over a number of years.

John Burden, 49, of Maidenbower Avenue, was convicted of nine counts of rape and sexual abuse today following a two week trial at Luton Crown Court.

Burden abused the two women over a period of time in the 1980s and 1990s; grooming them from when they were young and raping them both while they were under the age of 16.

He then continued to inflict abhorrent sexual abuse against them for a number of subsequent years.

In total Burden was found guilty of five counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault.

The 20 year sentence, plus five years on license, will commence after he has served the four remaining years of his sentence for violent disorder, which he received in January.