Man jailed for 1980s teen rape in Greater Manchester

David Occleston David Occleston was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life

A 59-year-old man convicted of raping a teenager in the 1980s has been jailed for 15 years.

David Occleston was convicted of two offences of rape and one of indecent assault following a five-day trial at a Manchester Crown Court.

Occleston, of no fixed abode, repeatedly raped his victim when she was aged 14 to 16 in Salford, Greater Manchester Police said.

She reported the abuse following counselling in February 2011.

Occleston was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life at Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday.

Det Con Karen Evans said: "Occleston's victim has shown enormous bravery in coming forward and speaking of the abuse she suffered all those years ago.

"[This] result sends out the powerful message that Greater Manchester Police will always investigate complaints of abuse and that the passing of time will not prevent offenders from being pursued."

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