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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

A man has been jailed for twelve years following the rape and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Pictured Robert Weir
Pictured Robert Weir

Robert Weir, 37, of Greenfield Way, Ingol, received the sentence at Preston Crown
Court today (Friday 15 November) after being convicted of rape and sexual assault
following a trial. He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual touching.

Weir groomed the victim over a period of time prior to committing the offences in 2012.

Det Sgt Steve Ryder said: “I am pleased with the jury’s decision to find Weir guilty of
these offences and the lengthy sentence that has been given.

“I would like to reassure the community of Preston that offences of this type are
uncommon and we will always do what we can to bring offenders to justice.

“As with all reports of sexual offences, specially trained officers have been working
closely with the victim in this case and we have provided the appropriate support
through our partner agencies.”

Weir was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

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