Derbyshire: Man jailed for rape

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A 27-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of two counts of rape.

David Hirst had denied the two offences, which took place between November 2011 and October 2012, but was found guilty after a trial held at Derby Crown Court.

Hirst, of Oakwood, was jailed for 15 years on Tuesday, December 2, and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Detective Inspector Tony Brittan, from Derbyshire Constabulary’s public protection unit, said: “This conviction was the result of an extensive and difficult investigation into historical rape offences.

“The victim in this case was incredibly brave in coming forward and giving evidence that helped secure the guilty verdicts, and I’m pleased that we have been able to bring Hirst to justice with the substantial sentence he has been given.”