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Trucker jailed over 1989 sex attack

A lorry driver has been jailed for raping a woman two decades ago - after he was snared by a DNA sample he gave last year for a motoring offence.

Leslie Marshall, 51, from South Lanarkshire, was given a six and a half year sentence for the brutal sex attack, after evading justice for more than 20 years.

The father-of-five raped a 22-year-old in a parked car in a country lane in Burnley, Lancashire, in 1989.

He was finally caught after his arrest for a minor driving offence last July.

Marshall, of Stonefield Road, Blantyre, was detained for fiddling his tachograph, which tracks a lorry's movements.

During the police investigation, his DNA was taken and proved a match for the cold case.

Marshall's victim said she has lived in fear for the last two decades but can finally move on now he has been caught.

She said: "I was always looking over my shoulder. I never wanted to do anything or go anywhere, just in case they were there.

"A lot of friends, I felt, didn't believe me. I have lost touch with them.

"The nightmares will never stop, but I hope they will not be as bad knowing somebody has been done for it."


From Belfast Telegraph