22nd Jul, 2019

Worcester man sentenced to life in prison for sexual assaults on two women

Aaron Wise 8th Aug, 2017 Updated: 8th Aug, 2017

A WORCESTER man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two women in Kidderminster.

Ashley Shuck, of Ombersley Road was jailed following a hearing at Worcester Crown Court on Monday.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping when he appeared at Hereford Crown Court.

Shuck was also given a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be placed on the sex offender register for the rest of his life.

On Sunday, June 18, two women from Kidderminster reported they had been sexually assaulted to West Mercia Police.

A 28-year-old woman reported she had been sexually assaulted early that morning at her friend’s home in the town, whilst a 77-year-old woman reported she had been raped at her home that morning and afterwards forced to drive around the county for more than two hours.

At the time of these offences, Shuck was being managed on licence after his release from prison in May.

A multi-agency serious case review has been launched to investigate the implementation of an offender management programme in this case.

Det Chief Insp Mel Paley, of West Mercia Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the women who have been the victims of sexual assault at the hands of Ashley Shuck.

“Specialist liaison officers have been supporting them throughout this process and will continue to be available for as long as they are needed.”

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Moore, chair of the strategic management board for West Mercia multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA), said: “Following his release from prison in May 2017, Ashley Shuck was managed through MAPPA.

“It has now commissioned a mandatory multi-agency serious case review to examine the offender management of Ashley Shuck. The Board has appointed Jill Hawes, former senior manager of Worcestershire Adults Safeguarding and MAPPA coordinator, as independent chair of this review.

“We’ve also made a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has recommended a local investigation managed by West Mercia Police.

“Our officers, staff, and partners work together in the MAPPA to provide the best possible protection to the public. In this case serious further offences have been committed and it’s essential we examine all the circumstances and address any issues arising.”

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