Karen Danczuk’s brother sentenced for rape

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The defendant abused his sister at their home

Ex – Labour councillor Karen Danczuk’s brother was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, with a five-year extension for sex offences against three women at Manchester Crown Court today.

Michael Burke, 38, was found guilty on eight counts of rape, one count of serious sexual offence against three women, and three counts of rape against his sister at the three–week trial last month.

Ms Danczuk, the ex-wife of Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, waived her anonymity to publicise the case, so her ‘monster’ brother does not pose as a threat to women anymore.

He repeatedly assaulted her and raped her when she was between 9 and 11.

The court heard he would force himself on her while she was drifting away in her sleep in her own bed.

LISTEN to what Karen Danczuk said in her emotional interview for ITV’s Loose Women:

The other two victims have automatic lifelong anonymity, and they cannot be identified.

The Honourable Mr Justice Gilbart said Mr Burke knowingly exploited his victims’ vulnerability, and caused them significant psychological harm, which continued long after the offence.

He said: “He [the defendant]  regards those in close relation to him as objects to use as he pleases.”

The judge said Mr Burke showed no remorse, and lacked insight in alleging that Ms Danczuk conspired with the other two victims against him.

Mr Justice Gilbart said: “He is very good at blaming others, but fails to accept responsibility for his actions.”

There were three aggravating and one mitigating factors the judge took into consideration.

Burke’s main defence was that he was young at the time of the offences, and if he were sentenced back in the 90s, his sentence would have been one for a minor – half to three-quarters less than an adult.

The defence lawyer, Mr Walker, tried to plead other mitigating features with the judge – that Mr Burke used to take part in a political party, and was active in the community, and the fact that there was someone very ill in his family, who he was very concerned about.

While the judge said he would take this into consideration, he summarised that this does not necessarily make him of good character.

Prosecutor Mr Wright QC said the defendant “raped his victims because he felt he could”.

After consideration, the judge came to a decision that there is a high risk of Mr Burke posing as a threat to women close to him again and therefore eligible for an extended sentence.

Mr Burke will serve 3 concurrent sentences adding up to 15 years and a 5–year extension.

Ms Danczuk was not in the courtroom today.

Police recorded crime figures showed an increase of 41% in all sexual offences for the year ending June 2015 compared with the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics:

Trends in police recorded sexual offences in England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending June 2015: c35ad1ab

Man who led police to £100,000 stash, convicted at Manchester Crown Court

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A drug dealer was jailed for eight years for drug offences and money laundering at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, October 13.

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Gavin Kelly, jailed for eight years Source: Greater Manchester Police Website

Gavin Kelly, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and money laundering.

The 36 year-old of Rochdale Road, Blakely, lead police officers to discover a drug stash in his apartment worth £100,000 in total, on 24th August 2016.

A warrant was issued to search Mr Kelly’s flat, Greater Manchester Police state that when asked if there is anything the police should be made aware of, he said: “Yes, obviously, upstairs in the flat… the coke.”

Police Officers were directed by Mr Kelly to a cupboard in the kitchen where he pointed at a big plastic box, containing approximately one kilogram of cocaine, GMP say the cocaine found has a wholesale value of £35,000 to £50,000 and a street value of more than £100,000.

He then pointed at a shopping bag in the corner which contained £70,000 to be exact.

Greater Manchester Police recovered further amounts of cocaine after thoroughly searching the flat, uncovering cocaine with an approximate street value of £3,000, electronic scales, and a money counter, as well as numerous mobile phones.

Goods recovered by police at Kelly's apartment
Goods recovered by police at Kelly’s apartment Source: Greater Manchester Police website

An Audi A6 TDi worth approximately £20,000, parked outside of Mr Kelly’s apartment, was then seized by the police, as well as several high value watches with a total value of £29,000.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Buckthorpe of GMP’s Challenger Organised Crime Unit, said: “Kelly is an audacious individual who benefited from drugs, which cause so much destruction to people’s lives.

“Today, he has been sentenced to eight years and is safely behind bars, unable to cause any further damage to society and unable to continue the luxurious lifestyle he had become accustomed to.

“I’d like to thank all the officers involved in this case for their hard work and dedication to bring down people who think they are above the law.”