known to police, and had previous convictions for crimes
including rape, attempted murder and indecent assault.
Culshaw, aged 15, broke into a 43-year-old woman's home
at Up Holland and raped her, he received three and a
half years in youth custody.
June 1988, Culshaw again got into a woman's home,
this time a 27-year-old mother of two living in Skelmersdale. He sexually assaulted his victim at
knifepoint and then tried to strangle her with a belt
guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to attempted
murder, indecent assault, wounding with intent and
attempted burglary and was jailed for 10 years.
23-year-old, single mother, and heroin addict, Clare
Benson-Jowry last seen alive, seen entering the flat of
Culshaw on the Rylands estate.
2004, The naked remains of 23 year old, Clare
Benson-Jowry were found in a flat at Austwick Road, on
the Rylands estate in Lancaster, she had been strangled
with a shoe-lace, a fork had been used to tighten the
allowed drug users to use the flat, where Claire was a
July 2004, Culshaw appeared before Lancaster
Magistrates charged with murder.
He spoke only
to confirm his name, and no plea was submitted.
October 2004, Culshaw appeared at Preston Crown
Court charged with murder. He denied the murder charge.
February 2005, At his trial at Preston Crown Court,
Culshaw denied murder and sexual assault, he claimed he
went out looking for cigarettes, and when he came back,
he found Miss Benson-Jowry dead. He claimed to have
panicked and gone on the run.
17th February 2005, The jury took only an hour to
return a guilty verdict.
10th February 2005, Culshaw was jailed for life. The
judge told him, "Life must mean life"
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