Berkshire

Man jailed for 1987 rape and kidnap of Slough teenager

Donald Robertson
Image caption Robertson raped the teenager in a trading estate

A man who kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl almost 24 years ago has been jailed for life.

Donald Robertson, 55, must serve a minimum of eight years in jail after a review into the 1987 crime found new forensic evidence.

His victim tried to escape and believed he had a gun or a knife in his pocket.

Robertson, formerly from Slough, Berkshire, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court after he was found guilty of rape and kidnap in December.

Robertson was arrested and charged in Cambridgeshire last May.

It came after Thames Valley Police's major crime review team re-examined the case, which led to the discovery of new forensic evidence.

The court heard the attack happened in June 1987 after Robertson approached the teenager as she walked along Bath Road, Slough, in the early hours of the morning.

The girl had managed to run away and hide but as she tried to flag down a passing car, Robertson caught up with her and forced her into his vehicle before driving off and raping her in a trading estate.

Det Supt Barry Halliday, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I hope that the length of the sentence imposed in this case also sends a clear message to would-be offenders.

"Our neighbourhoods need to be assured that Thames Valley Police examines all such unsolved crimes and this latest case is one of a significant number of cases being developed."

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