Man jailed for rape, GBH and ABH - Milton Keynes and Slough

01/09/2014

A man was sentenced in his absence at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, 29 August 2014, to a total of 12 years imprisonment for raping and assaulting a woman causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and a separate incident of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) by transmitting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to another woman.

Brian Tatenda Shayanowako, aged 54, of Lower Adelaide Street, Northampton, was convicted in his absence by a jury of the rape after failing to appear for his trial, which concluded on Friday. He had previously pleaded guilty on 19 August 2014, to assaulting the same woman occasioning ABH.

During 2002 while Shayanowako was living in Slough, he injured the woman by pouring boiling water over her, scalding her chest and abdomen. During 2003 he raped the same victim.

He also pleaded guilty on 19 August to recklessly wounding/inflicting GBH. Shayanowako committed the offence between 2006 and 2010. He had unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman while knowing his HIV status, but without declaring it to her or taking steps to prevent transmission.

Shayanowako came to the UK in 2001 and has lived in Slough, Milton Keynes, and Northampton.

A warrant has been issued for Shayanowako's arrest and officers are currently conducting enquiries nationally and internationally to locate him.

If you any information about Shayanowako's whereabouts, please contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

Reporting restrictions are in place in relation to this case prohibiting the publication of any information which could lead to the identity of the GBH victim in addition to the restrictions imposed under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act relating to the rape victim. Further details are available from Aylesbury Crown Court.