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Cold Case breakthrough helps catch rapist

Advances in DNA techniques helped bring Barry Powell to justice almost 25 years after he raped a woman in Manchester

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Rapist jailed after 25-year hunt

Barry Howell was convicted of a 1989 rape and jailed for nine years Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A rapist has finally been jailed nearly a quarter of a century after he attacked a young woman at knifepoint in Manchester city centre.

Cold Case detectives caught up with Barry Howell, 56, from Burnage, thanks to advances in forensic technology and DNA profiling.

Howell was found guilty of rape following a trial at Manchester Crown Court and has been jailed for nine years.

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