April 2018

Kilnhurst man jailed for ‘campaign of sexual abuse’

A rapist has been jailed for 17 years for a “campaign of sexual abuse” committed against a girl more than three decades ago when he was a teenager.

Martin Coles (54), of Highthorn Road, Kilnhurst, who was found guilty in February of five counts of rape and 18 counts of indecent assault committed between 1977 and 1983, was also told he would spend a year on licence when released.

Sentencing him at Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday), Judge Rachael Harrison said that Coles’ sex attacks on the girl – when he was aged between 13 and 17- were over a prolonged period of time and suggested planning.

Judge Harrison said it had been a “campaign of sexual abuse” with “an element of grooming”.

“The offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified,” added Judge Harrison.