Doncaster rapist who subjected nine-year-old to a ‘campaign of rape’ jailed for 14 years

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An elderly Doncaster pensioner who subjected a nine-year-old girl to a ‘campaign of rape’ is likely to die behind bars after being jailed for 14 years.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how sick rapist Edward Milne, aged 81, of Austen Avenue, Balby, ‘robbed’ his victim of her childhood years.

Judge Simon Lawler QC said it was a ‘dreadful’ case and it was one of the worst he has had to deal with.

The court heard how Milne raped his victim regularly for 10 years.

The victim, now in her thirties, came forward to police in 2014 after counselling.

Mr Lawler QC told Milne: “You began to abuse her on a regular basis and it wasn’t long before you had sexual intercourse with her, which continued for 10 years.

“She was absolutely terrified to tell the truth and was not taken seriously when she tried to speak to family members.

“This is a dreadful case and in the simplest of terms, this is a campaign of rape.”

Judge Lawler commended the victim in speaking out and said: “The victim came forward to police in 2014 and in her circumstances, this shows considerable courage and strength to speak out to bring this man to justice.

“You robbed her of her childhood and teenage years and she knew nothing else, her adult life has 
been shattered.”

Mr John Hillis, for Milne, did not make any formal submissions in mitigation to the judge in person.

Mr Lawler QC added: “Mr Hillis, defending you, has expressed that the only mitigation he can offer is that of your age, your vulnerability in prison and your health. I give you some credit for your guilty plea and your submission that you wouldn’t want the victim to have to give evidence. I accept your vulnerability in prison but this has to warrant to tough sentence for your crimes.”

Milne pleaded guilty to 11 charges of rape at an earlier hearing on October 16 at Sheffield Crown Court.

The charges relate to offences which took place in the 1990s.

Detective Constable Rebecca Breakwell, who led the investigation said: “Milne began to carry out this abuse when the victim was only nine years old and he continued this horrific behaviour. “His victim was vulnerable and Milne took advantage of her trust in him. I cannot underestimate the pain the victim has been forced to live.

“Her courage to come forward to police cannot be underestimated and Milne would not be spending life in prison was it not for her bravery.”