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Man, 20, sentenced for historic rape offences

January 11, 2018

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison for historic rape offences.

Matthew Barfoot, previously of Ironwood Avenue in Desborough, Kettering, was convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl on a number of occasions when he was 12 years old.

Barfoot, who was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday, January 4, 2017, was found guilty of seven out of 11 counts. He was sentenced to four years in prison, was barred from working with children for life and will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

DC Brian Gape, who led the investigation, said: “It took tremendous bravery for this girl to come forward after over five years to tell us what had happened to her when she was seven years old. 

“I hope that Barfoot’s conviction will go some way in making her feel like her voice was heard and that we were committed every step of the way in getting her justice.

“No matter how historic the original offences are, Northamptonshire Police will always take them extremely seriously and investigate them fully.” 

If you want to report a rape or sexual offence, no matter how historic, Northamptonshire Police encourages you to call us on 101 or in an emergency, 999. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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