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A man from Trafford has been jailed for eight years for rape.

Christopher Draffan-O’Brien (born 09/01/1979) from the Timperley area, was found guilty of 12 counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Today, Friday 6 July 2012, he was sentenced at Minshull Street Court to eight years in prison.

Between 2009 and 2011, Draffan-O’Brien raped his female victim numerous times, including on one occasion while she was pregnant.

He also subjected her to emotional abuse and threatened that if she told anyone about what he had done, he would make up lies about her which he would report to the authorities, or he would kill himself.

Detective Constable Pat Finnigan from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit said; “I would like to pay tribute to this woman who has shown great bravery in coming forward.

“I hope that today, she can take some solace in the fact that Draffan-O’Brien has been put behind bars for a long time for what he has done to her, where he can now pose no threat to her or anyone else.

“Hopefully his victim can now start to put this traumatic experience behind her and move on with her life.

“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault to come forward and report this to police, as we will investigate all cases thoroughly. We also have specially trained officers in place who will provide support to victims from the time they first call us, and all the way through the criminal justice process.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.