Doncaster man jailed for raping girl after offering her a lift
A Doncaster man who raped a girl after offering her a lift is beginning a lengthy spell behind bars.
Mark Birtles picked up his victim, who was then aged under 18, one evening in April last year and drove to a remote area before raping her.
The 20-year-old, of Laburnum Road, Mexborough, was arrested that month after the girl went to hospital and reported what had happened.
He was given an additional one year prison sentence for breaching a suspended sentence for harassment, though this will run concurrently with the other sentence.
Detective Constable Cheryl McCorkell, who led the investigation, said: "Birtles had offered the victim a lift one evening last April before he stopped in a remote area near Bolton-upon-Dearne and raped her.
"I'd like to thank and praise the girl for showing such strength and bravery as she gave evidence during the trial. The conviction is a testament to that and I hope that knowing Birtles is behind bars for the next six years goes some way in helping her to move forward with her life."