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Paedophile repeatedly raped and abused young girls

Robert Cobane

A paedophile who repeatedly raped and abused two young girls has been jailed.

Robert Charles Cobane (22/02/1976) of Painswick Road, Wythenshawe preyed on the girls, who were between the ages of 7 and 12, in the mid-2000s.

At Manchester Crown Court on Friday 9 November 2018 he was sentenced to 19 years in prison after being found guilty of three counts of rape of a child under 13-years-old and two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 by penetration.

He will also be added to the sex offender register for life.

Cobane would rape one of the girls in the back of a van, as well as at a property in Wythenshawe.

He would also sometimes abuse them both in front of each other. Cobane threatened to kill one of the victims if she ever said anything about the abuse.

In the years since the offences, the two victims spoke with each other and bravely decided to report it to police in August 2015.

Detective Constable Terina Arthern of GMP’s Major Incidents Team said: “Cobane subjected two innocent young girls to a relentless campaign of horrific sexual abuse.

“These despicable assaults took place over the course of several years.

“The victims have shown great bravery in coming forward and reporting these crimes to police.

“Thanks to them, a dangerous individual is now behind bars and he cannot harm any other children.”

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