UK man jailed for rape in 1990 after DNA match on another crime
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UK man jailed for rape in 1990 after DNA match on another crime

Paul Shakespeare’s attack on an 18-year-old woman in Cheltenham left her so traumatised she did not tell her family

A man has been jailed for raping a teenage woman more than three decades ago after he was arrested last year for an unconnected crime and his DNA found to match the attacker’s profile.

Armed with a large sharpened stick, Paul Shakespeare grabbed his 18-year-old victim from a footpath in Gloucestershire as she walked her dog and dragged her into bushes before attacking her.

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