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Salford man jailed for repeated sex abuse

Robert Burns
Image caption Robert Burns' victim was described as "incredibly brave"

A man who plied a six-year-old girl with alcohol so he could eventually rape her has been jailed.

Robert Burns, 60, of Great Clowes Street, Salford, admitted repeatedly sexually abusing his victim between 1990 and 1994.

Now, aged 26, her victim impact statement was read to the court, detailing how she had spent many years with panic attacks and depression.

He was sentenced to 15 years at Manchester Crown Court.

The court was told how he regularly assaulted her at his home, which was in Northern Moor at the time.

Burns' abuse of the girl increased in severity the longer it went on and he eventually raped her.

She decided to report the attacks to police last year, her impact statement said: "I found the interview process at the police station very difficult.

"When I did finally tell someone everything that had happened there was a sudden release of pressure."

Sgt Mark Evans, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This woman has been incredibly brave by coming forward and helping us put Burns through the court process.

"She should feel that justice has now been done - I hope that she can now begin to put these awful experiences behind her and move forward with her life."

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