A 63-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years at Bristol Crown Court today after being convicted of raping a young girl more than 35 years ago.
Philip Britton, of Croomes Hill, Bristol, was found guilty of rape following a re-trial at Bristol Crown Court last month.
The first trial, which was held in April at the same court, resulted in a hung jury.
Britton raped a seven-year-old girl at a property in the Hartcliffe area of Bristol in 1977.
The victim, who is now in her forties, came forward to police in summer 2011 and Britton was subsequently arrested and charged following an investigation carried out by officers with Operation Bluestone, the dedicated unit dealing with cases of rape and sexual assault in Bristol.
Investigating officer DC Clement Goodwin said: "The victim in this case has shown an astounding level of courage in coming forward after more than 30 years to report the abuse Philip Britton subjected her to.
"Not only has she had to go through the ordeal of one trial, she has been brave enough to endure a second, resulting in her abuser being brought to justice for this abhorrent crime. I believe Bristol is a safer place with Britton behind bars.
"I hope this case demonstrates our commitment to seeking justice for victims, no matter how long ago the offences have occurred.
"Whenever victims want to come forward and report the abuse they have suffered, we will be here to listen and offer support.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to praise the support we received from our partner agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service and the Bristol Next Link support service."
For more information about rape and sexual, how to report it and where to get help visit www.rapeaware.org