A Thorne man who raped a young girl and then assaulted the person who reported him has been jailed for 16 years.
Alan Broughton, 35, of Highfield Crescent, Thorne has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for two counts of rape of a female child under 13, conspiracy to commit wounding and wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
Broughton appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on trial in January this year for the four offences. He was found guilty of all four and was sentenced yesterday (Thursday, 26 February).
The rapes occurred some time between November 2012 and March 2014 at a property in Doncaster.
A third party reported Broughton’s crimes to police and he was attacked by him and two other men on the evening of 6 April 2014 on Great North Road in Woodlands.
He sustained a fractured cheekbone and broken nose together with cuts and bruises as a result of the assault.
DC Nichole Russell investigating said: “Broughton committed a horrendous and despicable crime against an innocent and vulnerable child, then tried to intimidate the person who reported his vile actions by assaulting him so viciously, he fractured his cheekbone and broke his nose.
“I want to praise the young girl, who has displayed so much courage and bravery throughout the investigation, and also the man who despite Broughton’s interference, proceeded to give crucial evidence in court.
“Broughton has not spared a single thought for those who have suffered, making them endure the harrowing ordeal of a trial and having to relive their experiences. “I would always encourage any victims of sexual offences to please report it so that we can bring the offenders before the courts to be sentenced for their depraved crimes.”