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PAUL CULSHAW

 


Name:

Paul Culshaw

AKA:

Shoelace Killer

D.O.B.

1968
Kill Total:

1

Kill date:

15 June 2004

Kill Place:

Lancaster

Status:

Married

Occupation:

Unemployed

Victim:

Clare Benson-Jowry
D.O.B. 1981

 


 

Court:

Preston Crown Court

Judge:

Mr Justice Hughes

Prosecution:

 

Defence:

 

 


 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

Culshaw was known to police, and had previous convictions for crimes including rape, attempted murder and indecent assault.

 

July 1985,  Culshaw 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

He pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court  to attempted murder, indecent assault, wounding with intent and attempted burglary and was jailed for 10 years.

 

June 2004, 23 year old, single mother, and heroin addict, Clare Benson-Jowry last seen alive, seen entering the flat of Culshaw on the Rylands estate.

 

15th July 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 ligature.

Culshaw allowed drug users to use the flat, where Claire was a frequent visitor.

 

Friday 23rd July 2004, Culshaw appeared before Lancaster Magistrates charged with murder.

He spoke only to confirm his name, and no plea was submitted.

 

Friday 1st October 2004, Culshaw appeared at Preston Crown Court charged with murder. He denied the murder charge.

 

Tuesday 8th 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.

 

Wednesday 17th February 2005, The jury took only an hour to return a guilty verdict.

 

Thursday 10th February 2005, Culshaw was jailed for life. The judge told him, "Life must mean life"

 

This puts Culshaw on the Home Office list of prisoners who will NEVER be released.

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