December 2017

Man jailed for 22 years for the rape and sexual abuse of child in the 1970s

A man has been jailed for 22 years for raping, sexually abusing and assaulting a child in Nottinghamshire in the 1970s.

Douglas Clayton, 73 of Wains Close, Clevedon, North Somerset, subjected the girl to the horrific attacks when she was as young as eight, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

His ex-partner Jean Marshall, 71 of Park Street, Beeston, has also been jailed for one year for assaulting the girl.

They were sentenced today (Friday 15 December) after being found guilty by a jury last month.

Detective Constable Donna Elliott, who led the investigation, said: “This is the most horrific case of abuse I have encountered and the 22-year sentence is a reflection of the seriousness of the offences.

“The abuse the girl suffered has had a major impact on the rest of her life since it happened in the 1970s. It is only now she has been able to come forward and report her ordeal.