15 year prison sentence for Norfolk rapist

Karl Shaw, 34, has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of 12 charges of rape on a woman. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary Karl Shaw, 34, has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of 12 charges of rape on a woman. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Thursday, August 21, 2014
4:17 PM

A Norfolk man has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of 12 charges of rape on a woman.

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Karl Shaw, 34, raped the victim on two days in October last year.

Shaw, of no fixed address but whose address was given in court as Norwich Prison, had been on trial at Norwich Crown Court charged with a total of 18 different offences, all of which he denied.

In May a jury found him guilty of 12 counts of rape against one woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and assaulting a police officer when he was arrested.

Today Judge Katharine Moore described Shaw as being “angry and aggressive” during the drunken attacks.

Sentencing Shaw, she said: “You pose a risk to others. You didn’t need to use any force, the victim was terrified of you.

“She struggled for words in the trial to explain how it made her feel.”

Mitigating, Jonathan Goodman said the defendant had shown insight into his behaviour and any previous offences, including stabbing his stepfather, had happened about 14 years ago.

Shaw was handed a 15 year sentence for rape, a two month concurrent sentence for common assault and was given a sexual offence prevention order.

Detective Sergeant Lee Diggins, from the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Shaw showed a total disregard for his victim during the offences which were of a violent nature.

“The victim had placed her trust in Shaw, which he repeatedly abused and she showed great courage in contacting us and giving evidence against him.

“This sentence reflects the severity and serious nature of this case.”

He added that the force is dedicated to supporting victims and witnesses and will always take robust action against those responsible for sexual and violent crimes

At the end of the trial in May, Shaw was also found not guilty of the other six offences, including three counts of rape on another woman.

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