Doncaster rapist is jailed six years after attack

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Justice has finally caught up with a 28-year-old man from Doncaster who has been jailed for four years after raping a woman six years ago.

Matthew Pascoe, of Windermere Crescent, Kirk Sandall, pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed a four-year prison sentence at Sheffield Crown Court.

Police said Pascoe raped the young woman at a property in Doncaster in 2008 but the offence was not reported at the time.

PC Della Leasley who investigated the case said: “The victim in this case has shown great courage reporting the offence to police.

“And I hope that it encourages other victims to come forward, regardless of when the offence was committed.

She added: “Any sexual crime is a horrifying and traumatic experience and I am pleased Pascoe pleaded guilty to the offence and saved the young woman the ordeal of having to go through a trial.”

According to the latest figures, the number of rapes reported in South Yorkshire doubled between 2012 and 2013.

In 2012 there were 280 rapes reported in South Yorkshire and 271 sexual assaults.

The number of rapes reported rose to 409 in 2013, although the number of sexual assaults remained steady at 277.

But police chiefs say that is because people are becoming more confident about coming forward and reporting historic sex attacks.

Officers say high-profile matters such as the Jimmy Savile case also prompts victims to come forward.

However, it is estimated that the figures are only the tip of the iceberg and only 15 per cent of rape cases are reported.

Earlier this year South Yorkshire Police set up a centralised specialist rape investigation team based at Snig Hill in Sheffield.

The aim is to ensure cases are handled consistently throughout the county by a dedicated team of experienced rape detectives.

The team is made up of 16 detective constables – eight men and eight women – led by two detective sergeants and overseen by a detective inspector.

Police are urging victims of sex attacks to come forward.

Crimes can be reported by ringing South Yorkshire Police on 101.

■ Doncaster Rape Crisis can be contacted on 01302 328555 between 9.30am to 10.30am on Tuesdays and from 12pm until 1pm on Thursdays.