Man jailed for six years for 1989 Burnley rape

JAILED: Leslie Marshall

JAILED: Leslie Marshall

First published in Briercliffe Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A MARRIED father-of-five who admitted raping a woman in Burnley more than two decades ago has today been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Leslie Marshall’s attack was described as ‘the stuff of nightmares’ by the judge as he was jailed at Preston Crown Court.

The victim was walking along Briercliffe Road when she was approached by a man in the early hours on January 18, 1989.

She was forced into a car, being driven by a second man, and was taken to a secluded spot near Robin House Lane, Briercliffe.

Both men raped her on the front passenger seat, Marshall standing on guard outside the car first, before taking his turn.

Throughout her ordeal neither of the men spoke, leading the attack to be dubbed the ‘silent rape’.

The woman, who was in her early 20s at the time, was then abandoned on the country lane in darkness.

But she was able to follow a set of lights from nearby Stepping Stones Cottage and woke the occupants, screaming “I’ve been raped”.

Her second attacker has never been caught.

Prosecutor Jeremy Lasker said that Marshall, from Glasgow, had been 30 and living in Burnley at the time of the offence.

He was arrested last year after a sample given from an unconnected incident gave a DNA match.

Farrhat Arshad, for Marshall, said his wife and five children, of which one son was in court, were still supporting him.

She said that Marshall suffered headaches and ‘self-medicates’ with 100 painkillers a day.

Ms Arshad added: “He could not hide from these matters any more.

“His physical problems are partly a response to the fact he knew he had done something very wrong.”

Speaking after the case, his victim, a mum-of-two, said she hoped the jailing of her attacker would finally end her ‘faceless nightmares’.

Now in her 40s she said she had struggled to come to terms with what happened to her as she brought up two young children, a task made even more difficult as some friends had failed to believe her.

She said she was ‘scared of doing normal family things’, and had turned to drink for a while before seeking help.

When the case was closed by police two decades ago after her attackers could not be traced, she was left ‘looking over her shoulder’, suspecting bus drivers, people sat in cafes and motorists asking for directions.

“I never wanted to do anything or go anywhere, just in case they were there,” she said.

“Sometimes I would get scared if I went out to family parties and got left on my own.

“I would get shaky until somebody came back and sat with me.

“It’s always in the back of my head.”

The woman said it was a relief to know someone had finally been caught.

She said: “Anyone out there who has got a guilty secret, just wait for that knock on the door because it will come.”

Marshall had no other convictions for sexual offences.

He was put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Click on the link below for the background on the Briercliffe rape case.

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1:39pm Wed 25 Aug 10

pez63 says...

Judge should have banged him up until he was willing to identify the second offender reguardless of who he is protecting and then his six year sentence starts that day.
Judge should have banged him up until he was willing to identify the second offender reguardless of who he is protecting and then his six year sentence starts that day. pez63
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2:57pm Wed 25 Aug 10

bburn1 says...

people like this should be castrated.and have a tattoo in a place where everyone can see.so that they can be identified by everyone else
people like this should be castrated.and have a tattoo in a place where everyone can see.so that they can be identified by everyone else bburn1
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2:58pm Wed 25 Aug 10

useyourhead says...

I just hope this will act as a deterrent to anyone tempted to think they can get away with it!
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i hope there are hundreds of men sweating right now wondering when they will get a knock on the door.
I just hope this will act as a deterrent to anyone tempted to think they can get away with it! - i hope there are hundreds of men sweating right now wondering when they will get a knock on the door. useyourhead
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3:00pm Wed 25 Aug 10

akon says...

Hope this lowlife gets a thorough seeing to in the showers,every day for his 6 pathetic years !!
Should have the second rapists name beaten out of him !!
His family are standing by him ?
F*cking vermin......
Hope this lowlife gets a thorough seeing to in the showers,every day for his 6 pathetic years !! Should have the second rapists name beaten out of him !! His family are standing by him ? F*cking vermin...... akon
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4:34pm Wed 25 Aug 10

ste.g says...

pez63 wrote:
Judge should have banged him up until he was willing to identify the second offender reguardless of who he is protecting and then his six year sentence starts that day.
got to agree with you on that one.
hope the victim is getting some closure and satisfaction from this.i cant understand what makes a man like this commit such a crime as this they must be really depraved.
there is just no excusing it...
[quote][p][bold]pez63[/bold] wrote: Judge should have banged him up until he was willing to identify the second offender reguardless of who he is protecting and then his six year sentence starts that day.[/p][/quote]got to agree with you on that one. hope the victim is getting some closure and satisfaction from this.i cant understand what makes a man like this commit such a crime as this they must be really depraved. there is just no excusing it... ste.g
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5:14pm Wed 25 Aug 10

Chris P Bacon says...

bburn1 wrote:
people like this should be castrated.and have a tattoo in a place where everyone can see.so that they can be identified by everyone else
Castration (surgical or medical) won't necessarily stop the perp from committing sex crimes. Look at the evil **** who've been locked up recently for sex offences against the nursery children in their care. They prove that testosterone doesn't make the sex offender commit the offence.
[quote][p][bold]bburn1[/bold] wrote: people like this should be castrated.and have a tattoo in a place where everyone can see.so that they can be identified by everyone else[/p][/quote]Castration (surgical or medical) won't necessarily stop the perp from committing sex crimes. Look at the evil **** who've been locked up recently for sex offences against the nursery children in their care. They prove that testosterone doesn't make the sex offender commit the offence. Chris P Bacon
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9:33pm Wed 25 Aug 10

Darrens Delivery Service says...

His family are standing by him..WHY..
What about the poor victim for christ sake.. You are a disgrace to humanity.
His family are standing by him..WHY.. What about the poor victim for christ sake.. You are a disgrace to humanity. Darrens Delivery Service
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7:18pm Thu 26 Aug 10

duke bar says...

Another pice of poo off our streets .

Scumbag should rot in hell.

Lets some of the victims family have him for an hour .this would be proper punishment.
Another pice of poo off our streets . Scumbag should rot in hell. Lets some of the victims family have him for an hour .this would be proper punishment. duke bar
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