October 2016

Man jailed for sexually abusing women and girls


A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 years after admitting to sexually abusing five women and girls in South Yorkshire. 

Matthew Wood appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 13 October), where he was given a 22 year sentence after pleading guilty to 15 offences against five victims in an earlier hearing. Wood is to serve 14 years in custody with an extended 8 years on licence, after he was deemed by the judge to be a dangerous sex offender.

Wood, of Buckleigh Road, Wath, Rotherham. Admitted seven counts of rape, four counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of sexual assault and one count of common assault.

He also admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The charges relate to five women and girls from Doncaster and Rotherham who were aged between 15 and 24-years-old when the offences took place.

The investigation began in 2015, when South Yorkshire Police were passed information that suggested Wood had been accessing indecent images of children.

As the inquiry progressed, it became clear that Wood had sexually abused a number of people and his victims were identified and traced. Wood was charged with multiple offences in March 2016.

The court was told that a number of his victims suffer from disabilities as well, making his exploitation of them even more appalling and cruel.