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  • 18-year jail sentence for pensioner guilty of rape and indecent assault

    Henry James

    A PENSIONER from Skelmersdale has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of six counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault.

    Robert Edward O’Brien was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday, November 23 having been convicted at a trial in September.

    The 69-year-old, of Foxfold, Forsters Green, had denied the charges.

    Following the sentencing, a spokesman for Lancashire Police praised the courage of two victims who came forward.

    “This significant sentence reflects the gravity of the offending and we would first and foremost commend the courage of the victims for having the strength to come forward and speak out about what happened to them and for having the bravery to give evidence at court.

    “O’Brien’s abuse has had a devastating impact on the lives of these two women which he compounded by denying the offences for which he has been convicted.

    “This was a hugely challenging investigation but hopefully the sentence will offer some sense that a level of justice has been achieved

    “We would encourage anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to come forward and report it in the knowledge that it will be investigated sensitively and professionally.”

    “Anyone with information should call police on 101.”

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