25 year-old Rotherham man receives 12-year sentence for rape

Ricky Lee Swift, of Town Street in Canklow, Rotherham, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for breaking into a house and raping a woman.
The court heard how Swift broke into the victim’s house, in Rotherham, while she was asleep, on the evening of Saturday 3 September last year. Swift then attacked the victim and raped her in her own bed.
Temporary Detective Inspector Richard Wallis, from the Force’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said: “The victim in this case was subjected to a terrible ordeal whilst in her own home, a place she rightly considered to be safe and secure.”
“Swift deliberately targeted the victim, entering her home as a trespasser and going on to carry-out an atrocious act whilst she lay in bed.
“I am overwhelmed by the bravery and resilience shown by the victim throughout the investigation and during the trial.  She is a true inspiration to victims of sexual crime and I’m pleased that Swift is behind bars where he belongs for what he did to her.”
Swift was convicted for one count of rape and one count of sexual assault at Sheffield Crown Court, following a four-day trial.

Patrick Culhane

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