Man given extended sentence for sex offences - Dunstable

06/06/2016

A Dunstable father of 14 was given an extended sentence of 20 years imprisonment and five years on licence today, Monday, 06 June 2016, for a string of rapes and serious sex offences involving two young girls.

Justice finally caught up with John Burden, aged 49, years after the attacks when his victims found the courage to go to the police.

His crimes began in 1985 and continued through to 1997. His two victims were schoolgirls.

Luton Crown Court heard how in 1985 one girl had been on her way to school when Burden, then aged around 19, enticed her into his car and raped her. After her ordeal she continued to school crying and in pain. A jury heard in the years that followed she was subjected to further rapes by Burden, but didn't tell the police.

Then in 1994 Burden, then aged around 28, raped another schoolgirl. She became pregnant, but suffered a miscarriage. The court heard that she too was subjected to further sexual assaults by Burden.

In court this afternoon, Burden of Maidenbower Avenue, Dunstable, was sentenced for nine offences of rape after being found guilty, by a jury, after a 2-week trial.

Judge Michael Kay QC jailed Burden for a total of 20 years after telling him he continued to pose a danger to women. Burden was told the sentence would not begin until he has completed the 4-year jail term he is currently serving after being convicted earlier this year of violent disorder. Burden must then serve a minimum of two thirds of the 20 years before he can even be considered for release and he will then be on licence for an extended period of five years following his release.

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