Thursday, 15 December 2016

Ex-School Governor Michael Burke Sentenced

KAREN Danczuk's brother, Michael Burke, was this morning given a 15-year sentence on eight counts of rape and one of buggery in Court Two of the Manchester Crown Court. 
Sentencing, Mr Justice Gilbart said that he did accept that former Labour party activist Michael Burke had ‘done something for the community’, with Mr Walker adding that he had also been a school governor.
Michael Burke, 38, of College Bank, Rochdale , was found guilty of historic raping his own sister Karen Burke, now Mrs Danczuk - the estranged wife of Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk.  He was also convicted of sexual assaults on two other women - one of whom was just 12 when she was attacked by him.
Handing down the sentence for Burke for eight rape charges and one of buggery, the High Court judge told him:  'Your first victim was your sister...what had been tickling games and hide and seek in and out of your bedroom turned into you wanting her to touch you and then, when you got to 14, to exploit her further.'
Karen Daczuk was legally entitled to anonymity as a victim of a sex assault, but had now formally waived it after Michael Burke was found guilty, after The Sun newspaper ran an exclusive story of her ordeal.
It is not yet clear if Ms. Danczuk has been paid for this story.

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