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Rapist Jailed For 12 Years

Tuesday September 9 2014




A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for 12 years after he raped a woman at knifepoint in her own home.

Matthew David Jones, 30, of Carlton, admitted two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment.

He was given a 20-year extended sentence at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.

He will serve 12 years of his sentence in prison with the remainder to be served on licence.

Jones forced his way into an address in the Huddersfield Road area of Barnsley in the early hours of March 8.

He subjected a 20-year-old woman to a prolonged sexual assault and threatened the victim with a knife during the attack.

Jones left the property and the woman, who did not know her attacker, was then able to contact police.

He was arrested four days later.

Detective Sergeant Rob Platts, who led the investigation, said: "This was a horrific and prolonged ordeal for the victim who has remained strong throughout the investigation.

"It will no doubt take a long time for the victim to come to terms with what happened and she continues to receive support from various agencies to help her to move on with her life.

"The sentence imposed reflects the seriousness of the offence which was clearly pre-planned by the defendant."