A Trafford man who repeatedly sexually abused and raped a girl for years initially claimed her reporting him to police was "just malicious allegations".

Jason Cook appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court today (February 9) to be sentenced after being found guilty of multiple counts of rape, attempted rape and one count of making indecent images.

The 49-year-old repeatedly sexually abused the girl over a number of years starting in the 2000s.

Following a police investigation, Cook, of Coniston Road, Stretford, was arrested in March 2018, before he was questioned by detectives saying that it was “just malicious allegations” as he showed no remorse for his actions.

During the sentencing, Judge Tina Landale said the crimes had been some of the worst the court had seen.

Cook was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years. He was also handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Detective Constable Neil Rothwell, of Greater Manchester Police's Child Protection Investigation Unit, said: "This was a horrific ordeal for the victim to have suffered over several years and the length of sentence reflects the seriousness of the abuse the victim went through for a prolonged period of time in her life.

“Cook is a manipulative individual showing no remorse in court for his actions. After he pleaded not guilty, he forced his victim to stand trial and relive her experiences all over again in court.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the victim for her extraordinary bravery in coming forward and reporting the offences to police and I'd also like to appeal to anyone who has suffered from abuse to please get in touch so we can help you.

“We take all reports of abuse seriously, regardless of the time that has passed, we will thoroughly investigate the claims of victims.

"It also proves to those committing these abhorrent crimes that we will leave no stone unturned, and justice will eventually catch up with you."

Anyone who has or knows someone who has been raped or sexually assaulted, are encouraged not to suffer in silence and instead report it to the police, or a support agency to access the help and support available.

  • Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.
  • Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email help@manchesterrapecrisis.co.uk
  • Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182