Meals on wheels murderer convicted 25 years after crime

|News, Violent crime

Advances in forensic science have led to the successful conviction of a murderer, 25 years after the crime took place.

Raymond Kay, now aged 70, who delivered meals on wheels to his victim has today (21 May 2019) at Bradford Crown Court been convicted of the 1994 murder of Amy Shepherd.

Kay was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

Ms Shepherd was an 86-year-old woman who lived in sheltered accommodation in Folly Hall, Wibsey, Bradford.

Kay strangled Ms Shepherd with a tea towel and sexually assaulted her before slashing her throat with a knife on 2 August 1994. Various items were missing from her home, including a ring, suggesting that the motive for the offence was robbery.

The jury were shown evidence that Miss Shepherd was always very conscientious about security, but would have recognised Kay when he came to her door, as he had delivered her meals on wheels service for a time as part of a community service punishment for another offence.

Kay was identified from a variety of DNA swabs taken at the scene and carefully preserved ever since, which were subjected to the latest techniques in DNA testing.

In addition, investigations into Kay’s background revealed that in 1973, he had been convicted of robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm on an older woman in Exeter, subjecting her to a savage beating.

Samantha Davidson, from the CPS, said: “This was an horrific and brutal attack upon a defenceless, elderly lady in her own home. Kay targeted her because of her vulnerability, conning his way into her flat and attacking her with shocking force.

“In the quarter of a century since her murder, Kay must have thought he had got away with his terrible crime. But he has not. Advances in forensic science provided the scientific evidence needed to convince the jury of his guilt.

“One cannot begin to imagine the terror Miss Shepherd must have experienced in her final moments. Our thoughts remain with her relatives, and we hope that the verdict today brings them some closure.”

Notes to editors

  • Samantha Davidson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
  • Raymond Kay (DOB: 17/07/1948) was found guilty of murder

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