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Coronation Street storyline leads to rape conviction

Daniel Bird convicted of rape more than a year on Photo: GMP

A babysitter who raped an eight year old boy he was looking after has been jailed today after his victim went to the police after seeing a storyline on Coronation Street.

Now 17 the victim finally confided in his mum after watching the rape story portrayed by the character ‘Carla’ on the soap opera late last year.

24 year old Daniel Bird from Sale Moor in Greater Manchester was found guilty of four counts of rape.

The attacks happened in around 2004, when the victim was eight years old and Bird was around 15 or 16. Bird babysat several times for the victim and his sibling at their house in south Manchester and over a two month period, Bird raped the young boy on four separate occasions.

After each attack, he told his victim he was not allowed to tell anyone about what had happened. The victim has given anonymous interviews to encourage other's to speak out. He told Granada "He told me not to tell anyone or something bad would happen, at the time I was only a child an he was a lot bigger and I listened to him out of fear and I just didn't tell anyone." He said seeing the storyline on the television was the final straw. "I thought, I've had I enough I had to tell so I felt better." He added "I felt how she felt and it brought the emotions back, upset, destroyed, embarrassed, basically breaking down."

Today Bird was sentenced to four years in prison at Manchester Crown Court. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life. Detective Constable Grace Hulse from GMP’s Public Protection Investigation Unit said:

“It will take a long time for the victim’s emotional scars to heal, but despite everything he has had to endure, this boy has selflessly offered to take part in media interviews to tell people about his ordeal, in the hope it will encourage others in similar positions to find the courage to speak out."