A MAN convicted of rape and more than a decade of sexual assaults has been jailed for twenty years.

Stephen Boyt was jailed at Southampton Crown Court for twenty years on Monday.

The 70-year-old had faced nine counts including indecent assault and a single count of rape.

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A jury found him guilty of the historical abuse which took place across Netley View, Calshot and Fawley between 1984 and 1996.

Boyt’s victim was seen sobbing and clutching a tissue during footage of a police interview played to members of the jury in November.

After raping her, he is said to have asked how she lost her virginity.

During the interview, it was said how Boyt would demand oral sex from his teenage victim.

Struggling to hold back tears, she said he told her no one would believe her claims he had abused her.

When asked how she felt when the abuse happened she said: “I just want to go away and cry.

“I just want to be on my own.

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“Take me away, anywhere but here.”

She finally reported the abuse to police in August 2018 after suffering a breakdown, the court heard.

Boyt of Beech Crescent, Hythe has a criminal history stretching back to 1967 with convictions for burglary, blackmail, robbery and ABH.

However, with no previous convictions for sexual offences he strenuously denied the charges against him claiming to be an innocent man.

When asked how he reacted when he was charged with the nine historical sexual offences, he responded he was not happy.

Boyt claimed his victim wanted to be the centre of attention and that “someone was putting her up to it”.

After serving his sentence he will be released on licence.