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1 May 2019, 06:25 | Updated: 1 May 2019, 06:27
A man who raped an 11-year-old girl over three decades ago when she was staying at his home with her friend has been jailed for 17 years.
Michael Collins, who is now aged 64, raped the child twice while his wife and newborn baby slept in another room at their home in Northfield.
He then threatened the girl, telling her he owned a gun and that if she told anyone what he had done, she would be taken into care.
Detective Constable Louise Ford, from the Public Protection Central Complex Team, said: “...I hope this case will give other victims confidence to come forward and report abuse to us, knowing that we will take them seriously and thoroughly investigate their allegations.”
Michael Collins, of Springthorpe Green in Erdington, was found guilty of two counts of rape at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday 30 April and sentenced to 17 years in prison. He has also been placed on the Sex Offender Register for life.
#JAILED | A man who raped an 11-year-old girl over three decades ago when she was staying at his home with her friend has been jailed for 17 years.— Birmingham Police (@brumpolice) 30 April 2019
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