Mark Hemmings, from Bridgnorth, was caught through DNA testing after he was arrested for stabbing police dog Canto during a disturbance at his flat last year. As a result of routine testing the 58-year-old was matched to the rape of a woman that happened on February 9,1993 in Telford Town Park. Prosecuting barrister Mr James Keeley told Shrewsbury Crown Court that Hemmings, attacked the 36-year-old victim as she made her way to work at about 6.10pm. The victim was on her way to work on a path in the park when the defendant approached her from behind, dragging her to the ground, shouting at her to “shut up” while holding a knife to her throat, then subjecting her to a violent rape. See also: Mr Keeley said she reported the attack to police and an investigation was launched at the time, but no suspect was ever identified. He told the court that sadly, the victim died in 2015 and did not ever know who her attacker was. He said that her relationship with her partner collapsed, she became an alcoholic and had to give up work and suffered two mental breakdowns as a result of what happened. Sentencing Hemmings, of… Read full this story
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