Paedophile will spend at least eight years in prison

Mark Bradley.

A paedophile who abused and intimidated young girls over several years will spend at least eight years in prison.

Mark Bradley, 44, formerly of Antrobus Road, Amesbury, was sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court after being found guilty of four counts of rape, two of rape of a child aged 13 to 15 and three charges of cruelty to a child.

He was also found guilty of causing actual bodily harm, four counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

Bradley denied the abuse, which began when the victims were just seven years old, but was found guilty by a jury sitting at Winchester Crown Court following a four-week trial which started on May 16.

Today he was sentenced to 16 years in prison and told he will serve a minimum of eight years with another two years on licence.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely and a sexual offences prevention order has been put in place.