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Man jailed for 15 years for raping and abusing a child in series of 'sick' crimes

Mark Andrews, 61, abused his victim over a number of years between the 1980s and 1990s.

Mark Andrews, 61, abused his victim over a number of years between the 1980s and 1990s. (picture taken in 2008) (South Yorkshire Police)
Mark Andrews, 61, abused his victim over a number of years between the 1980s and 1990s. (picture taken in 2008) (South Yorkshire Police)

A man who raped and sexually abused a child has been jailed for 15 years.

Mark Andrews, 61, abused the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over several years between the 1980s and 1990s.

Police said Andrews sexually assaulted the victim on a number of occasions and eventually began raping her.

He would also physically assault the child, leaving her injured and she would be forced to lie to teachers about how she was hurt, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

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Police said Andrews sexually assaulted the victim on a number of occasions and eventually began raping her. (Getty)

Andrews, formerly of Musgrave Road, Sheffield, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday after being found guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 12 years for rape and three years for cruelty to a child (to run consecutively).

Andrews was also sentenced to two years for indecent assault and one year for gross indecency with a child – both to run concurrently.

Detective Sergeant Alex Edwards, from Sheffield’s Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP) team, said: “This has been a complex and lengthy investigation into horrific physical and sexual abuse, and I wish to commend the victim for her courage both in coming forward and her continued strength throughout the investigation.

“What happened to her as a child was traumatic and will likely have an impact on her for the rest of her life. Andrews used physical and sexual violence to control his victim and instil significant fear, and he has shown no remorse for his crimes.

“I am pleased that he has been handed a lengthy custodial sentence today in recognition of his sick crimes, and I truly hope that with the conclusion of the legal process his victim feels able to take another step forward in her recovery.”