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Wednesday, April 14, 1999 Published at 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK


Serial rapist jailed for life

An artist's impression of Keith Samuels helped close the net

A serial rapist who brought terror to women across the Midlands has been given nine life sentences by a judge at Nottingham Crown Court.

Keith Samuels, from Northampton, struck in four counties over a period of 15 years.

Detectives working on a number of rapes in Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire realised the same man was responsible after comparing DNA samples.

Operation Quicksilver was launched in April 1998 and Samuels was arrested in November after a televised appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch UK programme.

First attack 15 years ago

Samuels struck first in 1984 when he raped a student midwife in Northampton.

He assaulted another four women, including a factory worker and a young mother in the town between 1984 and 1987.

Two years elapsed before he next struck in May 1989, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

In 1990 he targeted women in Reading, Berkshire, and Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Two women contracted a venereal disease and a third became pregnant and had an abortion as a result of the attacks.

Samuels was described as "sexually inept" by his victims, who were attacked after he broke into their homes.

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