1968, at age just fourteen, Cannan was
put on probation after sexually assaulting a girl in a phone
1980, Now married he started an affair
with another woman, whom he then assaulted when she tried to
February 1981, Sentenced to eight
years in prison after two robberies. Both at knifepoint, and
in one case tying up a victim while he raped another. He
served five of the eight years.
1986, He was on day release from HMP
Wormwood Scrubs when Suzy Lamplugh went missing. -
(See note at bottom)
Later in 1986, after being released from
prison. he was suspected of at least two further rapes, and
although arrested and questioned there was insufficient
evidence to proceed.
8th October 1987,
Cannan tried to abduct a Bristol businesswoman at
gunpoint at around 6:50pm. from a city centre car park,
she fought him off.
Shirley Banks a 30-year-old
factory manager was shopping in Bristol town centre, she
had arranged to meet her husband for a drink at 7pm in a
She was abducted by Cannan,
somewhere around 7:20pm - 7:40pm.
When she did not show up he
search local bars, and eventually went home but still no
The next morning he called her
work place, they said she had called i sick, with an
upset stomach just fifteen minutes previously.
This proves that after
abducting her, Cannan kept her alive overnight.
29th October 1987, Cannon,
still living in Bristol, had travelled to Leamington
Spa, one there he held up a dress shop at knife point.
passers-by heard shouting and as Canon fled they gave
chase and called the police. They found a knife and a
bag with blood on it. Police were out looking for
Cannon, and spotted a man with blood on his hand, they
arrested him. Back at the shop they found Cannans' black
BMW car, it contained an imitation gun, and lengths of
rope, in the glove box they found the tax disc from
Shirley's Mini Clubman.
Back at his block of flats in
Bristol police found Shirley's mini, previously yellow,
but now pained blue, hidden in garages.
Police had various witness statements, and some
evidence, but nothing concrete.
23rd December 1987,
Police managed to put together a composite fingerprint
for Shirley, taking samples from her home and work. They
also found this print on a piece of paper from Cannans
flat, he admitted the paper was from his flat before he
knew about the fingerprint. they subsequently charged
him with kidnap and murder.
3rd April 1988, (Easter Sunday), Six-months after
Shirley's decomposed body was only found by a woman
walking her dog.
had been dumped in a ditch called 'Dead Woman's Ditch'.
She was badly decomposed, but her thumbprint was intact,
enough to identify her.
28th April 1989, After ten hours of
deliberation the jury found Cannan guilty of the murder of
The judge at Exeter Crown Court,
Mr Justice drake sentenced Cannan to life imprisonment, with
a 35 year tariff.
was a 'person of interest' to the police in the
disappearance of 25-year-old estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in
July 1986 and also to the murder of 27-year-old insurance
clerk Sandra Court by strangulation, in Bournemouth in May
1986 but he has never been charged with either case
2002, Cannan complain after police
named him as a suspect in the Suzy Lamplugh inquiry.
2006, Cannan appealed to the high
court to have his 35-year sentence reduced, this was
Cannan is currently in HMP Full Sutton.