Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Simon Murcott jailed for 1985 Rotherham bus stop rape

A man who raped a woman at a bus shelter 26 years ago has been jailed for life, following a cold case review into the attack.

Simon Murcott, 46, carried out the assault on a 31-year-old woman at Mowbray Street, Rotherham, in November 1985, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

Murcott must serve a minimum of seven years in jail and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

South Yorkshire Police began to re-examine the crime in 2008.

Razor blade

Murcott, a fairground worker, pleaded guilty in February last year, a week before he was due to stand trial for the offence.

On the day of the rape, his victim had just used a telephone box on Doncaster Road before being confronted by Murcott.

He restrained her and threatened to slash her with a razor blade, though one was not seen.

Police investigated the rape at the time, however no charges were ever brought.

DNA evidence which had been stored since 1985 was used to arrest Murcott in Merseyside last year, after the inquiry by the South Yorkshire force's cold case review team.

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