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Man jailed for raping 88-year-old woman in her home

Anthony Borrowdale Photo: South Yorkshire Police

A man has been jailed for 13 years for raping an 88-year-old woman in Barnsley.

56-year-old Anthony Borrowdale broke into the woman's home in Wombwell on 1 June 2012, turned the lights out and threw her to the floor. It was then he went on to attack her whilst she screamed for help.

Unfortunately the screams went unheard and the woman was not able to sound her lifeline alarm until Borrowdale had left. Borrowdale was traced quickly due to the detailed forensic examination of the scene. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to rape on 2 October, 2012.

Thankfully this type of crime is very rare and it is good news that this dangerous man will be spending a considerable amount of time behind bars.

– Detective Constable Chris Horsley, South Yorkshire Police