Eyam man gets 16 years in prison for rape and blackmail

Robert McBride
Robert McBride

A Hope Valley man has been jailed for 16 years for raping, blackmailing and assaulting a woman he knew.

Robert McBride, 24, denied the charges but was found guilty following a trial at Derby Crown Court.

McBride, of Eyam, raped the woman between 2010 and 2012. He also blackmailed the victim over photographs he had of her and assaulted her in August 2012.

The victim reported the offences to police in October 2012 and McBride was arrested.

He was charged with eight offences of rape, two offences of blackmail and assault. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Derek Ellis said: “I would like to praise the victim for her bravery in coming forward and reporting the abuse.

“She also showed tremendous courage when facing her attacker in court and having to relive the ordeal during the trial.

“I believe the sentence reflects the serious nature of these offences and I hope it will enable the victim to move on with her life and put the ordeal behind her.”