Man jailed for decade for raping eight-year-old girl

Sheffield Crown Court
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A man who raped an eight-year-old girl has been jailed for 10 years.

Nigel Platts, aged 55 and formerly of Jenkinson Grove, Wheatley, Doncaster, was jailed after being found guilty of the sex attack after a trial.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court heard he abused his victim , who cannot be named for legal reasons, in the 1980s in Doncaster.

His victim, now an adult, came forward in 2015 to report the abuse and an investigation began.

Detective Constable Brian Thompson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “I am extremely humbled by the courage shown by the victim and by the way she has conducted herself throughout this lengthy inquiry.

“It became clear from our investigation that our victim had for many years spoken to her friends and family about the awful abuse she suffered in the 1980s, but never reported it because she felt she had left it too late for anything to be done.

“Despite the passage of over 30 years, I am pleased that justice has finally caught up with Platts and that we have been able to put him behind bars. His lengthy sentence reflects the severity of his crimes and reflects how seriously this matter has been taken.

“I hope that this brave woman, who has sadly been traumatised as a result of Platt’s offending, can now begin to look forward to a more positive future for herself knowing that Platts is in prison.

“If there are other victims out there yet to come forward, who have concerns about the length of time that has passed, please get in touch and talk to someone about what has happened to you. You can be assured that police will listen, we will take your reports seriously and we will do everything we can to bring these matters before the courts.”