Cumbria

Carlisle rapist Mark Jackson jailed for 12 years

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Media captionCCTV footage showed Jackson, who lived in a hostel in Carlisle, had tried to destroy DNA evidence

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the rape of a teenager in Cumbria.

Mark Jackson, had earlier pleaded guilty to attacking the 16-year-old in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle early on 15 October.

The 50-year-old was living in supported accommodation in St James Road at the time of the rape.

Cumbria Police described it as a "brutal attack" carried out by a man with "depraved fantasies".

Jackson, who was arrested the following day, initially denied carrying out the rape, but later admitted it.

DCI Jeff Ashton, who led the investigation, said: "Virtually from the moment he committed the attack Jackson's only thought was how to escape the justice he so richly deserved.

"He hid his clothing within minutes of arriving home and then disposed of that clothing when he went to hide at a relative's address later that day.

"During the course of 17 interviews he continued to lie and declare his innocence, even when confronted with the most compelling of evidence.

"Not once did he show a shred of remorse or even sympathy for what he had inflicted on the victim and her family."

'Stay safe'

In a statement released after the sentencing, the 16-year-old said: "I would like to stress the importance of any person thinking nothing like this will ever happen to them, your life as you know it can be taken away from you in a matter of minutes, and you will never bring it back.

"Please stay safe and ensure if you are out and about you have planned a way home with someone you trust.

"Finally, I would again like to thank family and friends from the bottom of my heart for their support through this difficult time. I am forever grateful."

A spokesperson for the victim's family: "We take no satisfaction from the sentence imposed today, as no jail term would ever, and will never, compensate for what happened on that awful night, when our world was turned upside down."

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