January 2018

Pensioner jailed over rape and kidnap of Leeds teenager in 1976

A pensioner has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of a rape and kidnap he committed more than 40 years ago.

Kevin Hazelwood’s offences took place in Leeds in November 1976. The victim was a 14-year-old girl.

The 73-year-old was given a total sentence of 12 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the historic rape at Leeds Crown Court.

Hazelwood, of Sandywood Court, Horsforth, Leeds, was arrested in 2017.

Cold case detectives reviewed files and exhibits the unsolved case in December 2015 and, with the benefit of modern forensic technology, were able to identify a suspect. Hazelwood was arrested and charged with the offence in August last year.