A 20-year-old man is now serving six years behind bars after raping a girl last year.
Mark Birtles, of Laburnum Road, Mexborough, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 20 April, where he was found guilty of rape following a three-day trial. He was jailed for a total of six years.
Birtles, who was 19 at the time of the offence, was also jailed for a further 12 months for breach of a suspended sentence for harassment. This will run alongside his sentence of six years.
Birtles was arrested in April last year after the victim, who was under the age of 18 at the time, went to hospital and reported what had happened.
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.
“She has shown immense courage in coming forward and reporting what happened and was forced to endure the trial after Birtles continued to deny his guilt, despite the substantial evidence gathered against him.
“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.”
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