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Posted on 15:39:00 on 21st July 2021

Michael Connors

A man has been jailed today (July 21) for rape and indecent assault that occurred in the 1990s having absconded from a court hearing.

Michael Connors also known as John Connors, 48, of Donegal, Ireland was sentenced to four years at Carlisle Crown Court.

The offences relate to incidents in May 1990 in Distington against two girls. 

Detective Sergeant Jim Grattan said “I’d like to thank the victims for their bravery this has been ongoing for the last 30 years and today justice has been finally given and hopefully gives them closure. 

“Every effort was made to identify Connors who gave his name as John Connors in 1990 but didn’t provide a correct date of birth, in 2019 a match was found in Ireland for a Michael Connors. 

“Connors was arrested and brought to custody in Carlisle.

“No matter how much time has passed, serious sexual assaults will not be tolerated by Cumbria Constabulary and we will do everything within our power to hold them accountable for their actions and bring them to justice.

“I would encourage anyone who has been victim to a sexual offence to contact police so that our officers can investigate. You will be supported throughout our investigation.

"The Constabulary works closely with trusted partner agencies to provide the appropriate support which is tailored to an individual’s circumstances."

To report a crime, please call police on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. Further information on the support available for victims of sexual abuse is available on the Constabulary’s website: www.cumbria.police.uk/Advice-Centre/Personal-Safety/Rape.aspx.

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