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Shoe fetish rapist wins term cut
James Lloyd
James Lloyd was traced through DNA from his sister
A serial rapist who dragged women off the streets and stole their stiletto shoes as trophies has had his minimum jail sentence reduced by almost half.

So-called Dearne Valley Shoe Rapist James Lloyd was jailed for life at Sheffield Crown Court in 2006.

The 50-year-old father-of-two attacked a string of women in the 1980s.

At the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, his specified minimum jail term was reduced from 14 years and six months to seven years and 263 days.

Term 'too high'

The former printing firm manager, of Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire, had been jailed after he admitted raping four women and attempting to rape another two between 1983 and 1986.

He was tracked down through his sister's DNA after police decided to look again at the case.

Lloyd, who has tried to kill himself while in prison, was present in the dock of the London courtroom for his appeal against the length of his minimum sentence.

It was argued that Judge Goldsack had taken too high a "starting point" of 35 years when deciding on the minimum term to be served.

Mr Justice Irwin, sitting with Lord Justice Latham and Mr Justice Wyn Williams, ruled that the trial judge was correct to impose life terms for the rape counts.

But, he said: "In our judgement the . . .case is a particularly serious case at the top end of the range, but did not justify a starting point of 35 years before allowance was made for a plea of guilty."

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