Man jailed for historic rape

Man jailed for historic rape

A NORRISTHORPE man was jailed for four years after he was found guilty of raping a girl when he was a schoolboy. 

Mark Cockroft, 32, was found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of the historic offence and admitted three charges of indecent assault on the same girl.

Kate Batty, representing him, said that Cockroft had been abused as a child, which was likely to have contributed to what happened at his young age.

She told Leeds Crown Court the fact he admitted those offences showed his remorse.

Ordering Cockroft to register as a sex offender for life, Judge Neil Clark said that at the time of the offences Cockroft was no more than 14 years old and the girl about six years younger.

He had accepted forcing her to perform oral sex but had denied rape during his trial.

“As a child some desire or lust within you meant you caused her to do things she didn’t want to,” the judge said.

He added it was clear that Cockroft, of Norristhorpe, had built a normal life in recent years and was of “positive good character since”.

Judge Clark said: “It is very difficult to sentence somebody for offences a long time ago, particularly when they were a child at the time as you were.”

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