Update:  Died at HMP Leeds, after being diagnosed with lung cancer

January 2019

Skipton man jailed for raping his own daughter

A man has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of rape and indecent assault against his own daughter.

The offences took place in the 80s and early 90s, when the victim was aged between 12 and 14 years old.

Ashleigh Pell, aged 66, of Pine Close, Skipton, was jailed for 18 years at Bradford Crown Court 

The victim is his daughter, Rebecca Pell, now aged 43, who first contacted North Yorkshire Police by email in 2017. Following the trial, she has bravely waived her right to anonymity.

While sentencing Pell, the judge commended Rebecca for her courage and strength in both reporting the matter to the police and giving her evidence in court.