Moment man who raped teenager as she walked her dog arrested

  • Moment man laughs as he's arrested for raping teen 30 years ago


A man who raped a teenager as she walked her dog has been jailed for nine years - three decades after carrying out the attack.

Paul Shakespeare, 66, was armed with a sharpened stick with a nail driven through it when he grabbed the 18-year-old.

She was walking her dog along the Honeybourne line - a section of railway converted into a footpath in Cheltenham - when he forced her into nearby undergrowth and raped her.

Paul Shakespeare has been jailed for nine years for the attack Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Despite a full DNA profile being recovered at the time of the 1990 attack, Shakespeare was not traced.

It was not until August of last year that police were able match his DNA to the rape, after he was arrested in Cumbria for possessing a knife.

Shakespeare, of Scaleby Close in Upperby, Carlisle, laughed as officers arrested him. He later admitted rape and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He was jailed for nine years at Bristol Crown Court today (January 17).

Judge Michael Cullum said: "I am so relieved this day has come (for the victim).

"For 30 years, she's been living in a nightmare. That nightmare does not end with this sentence.

"You left your DNA, and I suspect you knew you'd left your DNA and I suspect you've worried about that over the years.

"Today is a belated day of reckoning. Any woman would be traumatised for life by what you did."

Martin Cuffe, crime scene coordinator for Gloucestershire Police told ITV News the case shows the value of forensic evidence.

He said: "When we have that profile on the database from an individual, when they've left their DNA at a crime scene, it's just a matter of time before we've got something to match back to that person."