Bury man jailed for 15 years over sexual assault charges

Jason Bursk has been jailed for 15 years.

A taxi driver from Bury who sexually abused two children and a woman in her 70s, and attempted to trespass on several other local addresses has been jailed for 15 years.

Jason Bursk, 51, from Radcliffe pleaded guilty to 11 offences relating to eight incidents which took place from 2012-2019.

Bursk pleaded guilty to:

  • Four counts of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence;

  • Three counts of attempting to trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence;

  • Two counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13;

  • One count of attempted rape of a child;

  • One count of sexual assault.

Bursk's offending was brought to light in November 2019 when police received reports that a young girl had been sexually assaulted by an intruder at a house in Radcliffe.

The court was told that Bursk made his way to the house on Albion Street after being dropped off by a taxi on his way home from a night out in Manchester.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Bursk entering the house via the back door.

Images of Bursk leaving the house were released by the police, who were able to identify and arrest him thanks to the public's response.Detectives were then able to trace Bursk to a number of other incidents that had been reported to Greater Manchester Police going back to 2012, including the sexual assault of another young girl in January 2012 and a woman in her 70s while she was asleep at her home in November 2018.

CCTV image of Bursk breaking into someone's house. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Howard Millington, said: "I would firstly like to pay tribute to the victims of these horrific sexual ordeals who have shown great levels of dignity, co-operation and patience during this whole process to finally get the justice that they deserve. “They have been through harrowing circumstances but have shown admirable strength and courage to ensure that this man has received the justice he deserves."He added:

Jason Bursk is an extremely dangerous sexual predator who would seek opportunities to commit shocking sexual acts on innocent members of the public who were vulnerable due to their age and I am now satisfied that Radcliffe is a much safer place without this individual roaming our streets.

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington

Greater Manchester Police are asking anyone who has been affected by this case to contact officers directly in confidence on 0161 856 9172.

A spokesperson for the children's charity the NSPCC said: "These horrific offences and Bursk’s awful determination to abuse the most vulnerable members of society, including children, are utterly unforgivable and every parent’s nightmare.

"Everyone should feel safe in their own home, and Bursk’s appalling, predatory actions will have caused his victims and their families untold emotional distress. We hope they are receiving the help and support they need, and can work through the trauma Bursk inflicted on them."

Sarah Johnston, defending, said Bursk's wife of more than 20 years and their children are standing by him.

She said: "They genuinely believe that the root cause of the offending can be addressed. They still see the good in their father and husband, and remain committed to him."

She added that Bursk said the offences were committed in drink and that he had suffered traumatic abuse as a child and "incredible stress" while serving as a young soldier in the Israeli army.

Sentencing, Judge John Potter told Bursk: "Your convictions in these proceedings show you to be a deviant sexual predator.

"There can be no excuse whatsoever for your wicked, depraved and predatory behaviour towards others."