A man has been jailed for seven years for raping a woman in Nottingham City Centre 26 years ago.
Mark Carnelley, of Ambleside, Gamston, was sentenced today (Tuesday 24 January 2017) at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to raping the woman in Bluecoat Close on the night of 14 September 1990.
Carnelley, now aged 52, was identified through a DNA match after up-to-date techniques were used on items from the original case.
The court heard how the victim, aged 25 at the time, had been walking along Mansfield Road, away from the city, when she was approached by Carnelley.
Carnelley grabbed her and pulled her into Bluecoat Close where he raped her before fleeing the scene.
Speaking after the sentencing Detective Inspector Justine Dakin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim. She was frightened Carnelley would use further violence during the attack and was extremely scared throughout the whole incident.
“I would like to commend her for the immense bravery she has shown throughout the investigation. She is a truly an incredible women, who has waited almost 27 years for justice to be served. I hope she can take some comfort from the fact that her attacker has finally been caught and is starting a lengthy prison sentence tonight.
“I would also like to commend DC Donna Robinson who investigated this offence thoroughly and meticulously and the forensic work involved which helped build the case against Carnelley and bring him to justice.”
Carnelley was also told he must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.