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4 May 2016, 12:53 | Updated: 4 May 2016, 12:56
A 34 year-old man from Bletchley has been sentenced for child sexual offences in Milton Keynes.
Michael Duncan, formerly known as Michael McGowan, of The Crescent, Bletchley was sentenced on Tuesday (3rd May) to five years’ imprisonment at Amersham Crown Court.
Duncan was convicted on Monday 4th April of one count of rape against a 7 year-old girl and one count of indecent assault against an 8 year-old girl after a week–long trial at Aylesbury Crown Court.
The rape offence took place between December 1996 and December 1997 and the indecent assault offence against another girl took place between April 1996 and November 1996.
He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for the count of rape and six months’ imprisonment for the count of indecent assault, which will run concurrently.
Duncan was also found guilty on 14 September 2015 at Aylesbury Crown Court of one count of indecent assault between April 1996 and December 1996 against the rape victim following an earlier week-long trial. The offences took place in Milton Keynes when Duncan was aged 14. Yesterday he received two years’ imprisonment for this offence, which will run concurrently to the other sentences, making a total of five years’ imprisonment.
Duncan was arrested on 10 March 2014 and he was charged with the offences on 29 September 2014.
Speaking following the hearing, investigating officer Det Con Marcus Miller, from Bletchley Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said:
“I would like to thank the victims and their families for supporting the case and showing great bravery throughout the entire legal process.
I hope the sentence given to Duncan today reinforces Thames Valley Police’s commitment to victims that we will take any sexual offences you report to us seriously, we will listen to what you have to say and will work tirelessly to ensure that offenders , such as Duncan, are brought to face justice.”