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Written In Blood: Episode 3 - The Shoe Rapist
By James Whittington, Sunday 17th September 2017

In this episode, Simon Toyne travels to South Yorkshire to explore the bizarre case of a man dubbed ‘The Rotherham Shoe Rapist’.

James Lloyd, a former print shop manager was the father of two and considered to be a family man and a pillar of the community. However, he would attack women from behind, take their money, drag them off, tie them up and gag them with stockings.

His committed his first offence in 1983, but when Lloyd stopped offending in 1986, the case turned cold and he evaded detection. In 2002, the case was re-opened, and with advancements in forensics and the use of DNA profiling they ran Lloyd’s DNA profile through the National DNA Database, however there wasn’t a match. In 2003 there was a break through when his sister gave DNA to the police after being pulled over for drunk driving. When Lloyd’s DNA was then ran through the database again, this time looking for familial matches, Lloyd’s sister was on the list. She was then questioned by the police as to whether or not she had a brother.

After her encounter with the police, she told Lloyd that the police would call him to provide a swab. Within hours, he had called his father saying he had committed serious offences in the past and asked him to look after his family because he was going to commit suicide. He then left from work and attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself in his garage, but his life was saved by his son who cut him down. In the ambulance, Lloyd admitted to committing crimes 20 years before, and the police arrested him. After searching his home and finding nothing, they then searched his office where over 100 pairs of stilettos were found.

In 2006 there was a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to 4 counts of rape and 4 attempted rape. Six of his victims were in attendance of his hearing, though it is thought there could be at least 10. In court, one of the women shouted “Rot in hell!” to Lloyd.

One of the victims, 18 years old at the time, gave up her right to anonymity to speak about the attack. Justine Kelly described how she was walking home from the pub when Lloyd grabbed her from behind, held a knife to her face, trussed her up with tights and then raped her. After Lloyd was finally caught, Justine said, “Seeing Lloyd arrested and facing a life sentence has helped me to finally feel at rest.”

Lloyd was originally given a life sentence and was told he had to serve a minimum of 14 years and six months before he could be considered for parole, but in 2007 this number was halved to 7 years 263 days due to the original sentence being “too severe”.

In 2007, a detective that helped solve the case, DI Sue Hickman, who recovered the DNA evidence from Lloyd’s sister was awarded first prize in the Crime Investigation category at the Airwave Police Professional Awards in London.


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