January 2018

JAILED: Man guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl in Rotherham

A 25-year-old man who was found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl in Rotherham has been sent to prison for eight years.

Brett Ashley McLaughlan, formerly of Lister Avenue, Rawmarsh, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday 5 January) to be sentenced.

McLaughlan was found guilty of rape following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in October in 2017.

He was jailed for eight years today. He was also handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

His co-accused, 20-year-old Ben Chivers, was jailed for ten years in November 2017 after pleading guilty to multiple child sexual offences against three victims.

The court heard how McLaughlan raped his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Rotherham in 2015.

McLaughlan refused to accept responsibility for his sexual offending, meaning his victim had to endure a painful trial process.