Leeds & West Yorkshire

Serial rapist Brian Jackson given life sentence

Brian Jackson
Image caption Jackson pleaded not guilty to all 12 offences with which he had been charged

A West Yorkshire man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of rape and violence involving six women and men over three decades.

Brian Jackson, 50, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of 12 offences, including five rapes, an attempted rape, wounding and indecency.

He was told he would serve at least 12-and-a-half years in jail.

Jackson, of Hall Lane, Shipley, had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

'Threats and humiliation'

Police said Jackson had subjected his victims to "a catalogue of violence".

His offences came to light in October 2010 when a woman reported a serious incident that had taken place 13 years earlier, police said.

Officers established a link to a similar incident two years earlier which led to a "protracted and complex" investigation into Jackson.

Women who had been involved in his life were identified and traced, going as far back as 1978.

Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Lisa Griffin said Jackson had used "threats and humiliation" to take away his victims' freedom, attempting to control every element of their lives.

Det Ch Insp Griffin praised the courage of Jackson's victims in giving evidence in court, saying it had reduced many people in the courtroom to tears.

Jackson "faced the justice he deserves", she added.

In a statement, one of his victims said while it was 20 years since Jackson had physically and sexually abused her, she still suffered the consequences.

"Although outwardly I managed to pick up the pieces and get on with my life, inwardly this man has haunted me and has still caused me many sleepless nights."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites