February 2019

Doncaster pervert jailed

A Doncaster has been jailed for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl last year.

Thomas Cooper, formerly of Warmsworth Road, Balby, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, February 1, where he was sentenced for a total of 17 years for the assault.

Cooper will serve 12 years in prison, with an extension of five years added due to him being deemed dangerous – the latter will be served in the community.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to sexual assault a day before he trial was set to begin.

In April 2018, a 14-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was walking through Hexthorpe Park in Doncaster when she became aware of a man, Cooper, approaching her.

Cooper asked the girl for the time and when she said she was unable to help, he grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

He then fled the scene, and the victim ran home to report the matter to her parents, who immediately informed police.