"Shoe rapist" has sentence reduced

THE DEARNE Valley 'shoe rapist', who raped four women and tried to rape two others, had his minimum jail sentence reduced by almost half last week.

Evil father-of-two James Lloyd, 50, dragged his victims off the streets as they were walking home from a night out and would tie them up with their own tights, before taking their stiletto shoes as trophies. He was sentenced to life by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court last September.

Lloyd, a former print shop manager at Dearne Valley Printers, was originally given a minimum custodial term of 14 years and six months before he could be considered for parole. That included a reduction for the time he had already spent on remand in custody.

Last week, the Court of Appeal, reduced his minimum term to be served to seven years and 263 days.

Lloyd was tracked down when Police decided to look at the cases, which took place between 1983 and 1986, after new DNA techniques were introduced.

On searching his home at Howell Gardens, Thurnscoe and Dearne Valley Printers at Wath, Police found large quantities of stiletto shoes.

Lloyd, who was arrested after a suicide attempt and who who has tried to kill himself while in prison, was present in the dock of the London courtroom for his appeal against the length of his minimum sentence.

It was argued that Judge Goldsack took too high a "starting point" of 35 years when deciding on the minimum term to be served.

Mr Justice Irwin, sitting with Lord Justice Latham and Mr Justice Wyn Williams, ruled the trial judge was correct to impose life terms for the rape counts.

But he added: "In our judgment the instant case is a particularly serious case at the top end of the range, but did not justify a starting point of 35 years before allowance was made for a plea of guilty."