A 51 year old Salford man has been jailed for 26 years for child sexual abuse that took place over six years starting in 1998.

Andrew Austin of Sumner Road, Irlam o’th Heights pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault

He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Between 1998 and 2004, at a number of properties in Salford, Austin sexually abused four victims who were aged between eight and 16 at the time.

In August 2018, relatives of one of the victims – along with a charity worker – came forward to police and a full investigation was launched with Austin arrested.

During police interview Austin denied all offences but admitted his crimes before the case went to trial.

Detective Constable Lyndsey Galbraith, of GMP’s Swinton district, said: “The sickening abuse suffered by Austin’s victims is unthinkable and we must not underestimate the bravery and courage it has taken them to come forward and speak out.

“Austin robbed his young victims of their childhood in the most cruel and despicable way and prison is the only place for a person like that

“I hope that this case goes to show that no matter long has passed, officers from Greater Manchester Police will always remain committed to pursuing justice and putting dangerous and perverted predators like Austin behind bars.

“I would plead with anyone who had suffered from this kind of abuse to please get the help and support they need by coming forward and speaking with us.”


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