South Yorkshire man who broke into woman's house before raping her is jailed

Ricky Lee Swift
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A South Yorkshire man who broke into a woman's house before raping her in her own bed has been jailed.

Ricky Lee Swift, of Town Street, Canklow, broke into the victim's home in Rotherham on Saturday, September 3, 2016 whilst she was asleep in bed.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Swift, 25, then attacked the woman, raping her in her own bed.

On Friday, March 24, Swift was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault following a four-day trial.

He will now begin a 12-year jail sentence.

Detective Inspector Richard Wallis, from South Yorkshire Police's Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said that Swift targeted the victim before carrying out the "atrocious act".

He said: “The victim in this case was subjected to a terrible ordeal whilst in her own home, a place she rightly considered to be safe and secure.

“Swift deliberately targeted the victim, entering her home as a trespasser and going on to carry-out an atrocious act whilst she lay in bed.

“I am overwhelmed by the bravery and resilience shown by the victim throughout the investigation and during the trial.

She is a true inspiration to victims of sexual crime and I’m pleased that Swift is behind bars where he belongs for what he did to her.”