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Preston man Keith Henderson jailed for 2001 Salisbury attack on teenagers

Keith Henderson
Image caption Keith Henderson was also put on the sex offenders register for life

A man who held a teenage couple captive 11 years ago and indecently assaulted the girl has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years.

Keith Henderson, 57, from Ribbleton, Preston, was found guilty of five offences at Salisbury Crown Court.

Henderson was convicted of assault, possession of an imitation firearm, two counts of unlawful imprisonment and indecent assault.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for life.

Henderson indecently assaulted the 16-year-old girl who was walking with her boyfriend on Town Path in Salisbury in October 2001.

'Truly traumatic'

Ch Insp Sean Memory, of Wiltshire Police, said the trial was the result of a cold case review.

"This offence has had a massive impact on both victims who should have been enjoying their teenage years," he said, adding that Henderson's crimes had also affected the whole community.

Ch Insp Memory said the trial had heard of the trauma both victims had suffered over the past 11 years, "whilst Henderson went about his life unhindered".

"Advances in forensic science have brought Henderson to justice as despite a large manhunt at the time of the offence he had never featured in the investigation until now," he said.

"We have worked tirelessly to identify the person responsible for these attacks whilst continuing to offer support to both victims.

"I hope today's verdict and sentence offers them both some closure for what must have been, and continues to be, a truly traumatic experience."

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