Man jailed to life for rape, kidnap and sexual assault


A 24-year-old man has today been sentenced at Worcester Crown Court to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 10-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to the rape and sexual assault of two women.

On 17 June 2017, the 28-year-old victim was visiting a friend when they struck up a conversation with Ashley Shuck who was passing the house where she was staying. He was invited into the house and they began to have a chat together and drink.

In the early hours of the morning, the victim went to sleep with her young child in the bed. She awoke around 5am on 18 June to find the defendant sexually assaulting her. The victim managed to fight him off and the defendant left.

Two hours later he knocked on the door of his second victim claiming to be there to check her gas pipes. When the 77-year-old victim asked to see his ID, Shuck barged his way into the house and later raped her.

The victim was then made to drive around Kidderminster and Worcester for three hours before she was dropped off back home. Shuck then fled the scene.

Police were contacted by both victims and the defendant was arrested on the evening of Sunday 18 June at Worcester Foregate Street Station.

Shuck was charged with and pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by penetration, two counts of rape and one of kidnapping.

James Gormley, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said:

"Ashley Shuck is an extremely dangerous and violent sexual predator.

"He attacked his first victim as she lay in bed with her child, but she managed to fight him off, which forced him to flee the scene of the attack. Unperturbed by this, two hours later, he struck again. On this occasion, he forced his way into the second victim's home and raped her.

"The second victim's ordeal continued for a further three hours as she was forced to accompany him in her car as Shuck drove around the area. She was eventually dropped back off at home and it was then that the victim contacted the police and the defendant was later arrested."