Kenneth Mark Shirley found guilty of rape

28/09/2012

Yesterday, at Bristol Crown Court, Kenneth Mark Shirley, already a convicted murderer and rapist, was convicted of a rape he committed in 2005 and sentenced to sixteen life sentences.

Shirley is already serving six life sentences for a similar violent rape committed in 2009. He was convicted of murder in 1987 and released from prison in 2003 after serving 16 years of a life sentence.

In passing sentence, Mr Justice Astill told Shirley he would serve a minimum of sixteen years for the offence and would probably remain in custody for the rest of his life.

Commenting on behalf of the CPS, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Huw Rogers, said: "This was rape and sexual violence of the most terrifying kind, which left the victim completely traumatised. Considered along side Shirley's almost identical attack on Helen Stockford in 2009 and his utterly horrifying, ritualistic murder of Mary Wainwright in 1987, this represents a truly chilling pattern of offending.

"The CPS would like to express our deepest sympathy for Kenneth Shirleys victims and their families. We hope this result can give them some degree of comfort."