Man jailed for 1989 Lancashire rape attack

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A Glasgow lorry driver who raped a woman in Burnley 21 years ago has been jailed for six-and-a-half-years.

Leslie Marshall, 51, of Stonefield Road, Blantyre, admitted raping the 22-year-old in a parked car in a country lane in Burnley, Lancashire, in 1989.

The father-of-five was arrested by Lancashire Police last year after his DNA was linked to the case.

Marshall was jailed at Preston Crown Court and ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

He was caught after his arrest for a minor driving offence last July.

Marshall was detained for tampering with his tachograph, which tracks a lorry's movements.

'Clear message'

During the police investigation, his DNA was taken and proved a match for the cold case.

Police said the woman was attacked in the early hours of 18 January as she walked home from a friend's house.

She was driven to a secluded location in the Robin House Lane area of Briercliffe where she was sexually assaulted by Marshall and an unknown man, and then dumped on a road in the dark.

The woman managed to run to a nearby house to raise the alarm.

Det Con Lisa Baxter, from Lancashire Police, said she hoped his victim found comfort in the jail term, after so many years of suffering.

She said: "This case should send a clear warning to offenders: despite the passage of time we never give up hope of bringing offenders to justice - we constantly review older cases and we will catch up with you and you will be brought before the courts for punishment."

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