A MAN who poses a "particular risk to the public" has been jailed for more than 12 years after admitting raping a woman last year.

Desmond Robinson, 52, was given an extended sentence for the offence as he was judged to be a danger to the public due to his offending.

Robinson, of Wakefield Road, Normanton, was handed a 12-and-a-half year sentence today after pleading guilty to the rape at Leeds Crown Court.

The predator raped the woman in Pontefract on October 29, 2020, and was arrested by police investigating the serious sexual assault later that day.

He will have to serve a seven-and-a-half years behind bars and a further five years on licence after the judge found him to be a serious risk to the public.

Detective Constable Magee, of the Wakefield Adult Safeguarding Unit, who led the investigation, said: “We welcome the sentencing of Desmond Robinson at court today and in particular the extended sentence imposed, which is reflective of the danger he poses to members of the public.

“We hope his victim can take some comfort from the extended sentence imposed and are pleased that his early guilty plea as sparing her the ordeal of a trial.”

Detective Inspector Paul Oldham added: “Dedicated safeguarding detectives thoroughly investigate every sexual offence reported to us and can pledge that victims will always be treated sympathetically with their needs put at the heart of every investigation.

“We would always encourage victims to come forwards so we can investigate and provide them with the support they need.”