June 2018

A “dangerous” Kidderminster rapist and convicted killer has been jailed for life today (Tuesday, June 12) after admitting a string of sexual offences.

Ben Murphy falsely imprisoned and raped a teenage boy after spending a month grooming him before the attack, Worcester Crown Court heard.

The 31-year-old, previously of Mill Street, Kidderminster met his victim in November 2016 before attacking him on the evening of December 14 2016.

That night, Murphy arranged to meet his victim in Worcester. From there they got a taxi to Kidderminster where he was held in a flat, tied up, blindfolded and attacked.

Murphy previously pleaded guilty to rape and false imprisonment.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. These offences involved the same victim and occurred in November and December 2016.

Murphy also pleaded guilty to seven counts of making indecent photographs of a child in connection with incidents that occurred between October 2016 and December 2016.

Murphy was sentenced to life in prison and must serve a minimum of eight years.

The court was told that the 31-year-old was convicted of the manslaughter of Adrian Palmer in Tenbury Wells a decade ago. The 21-year-old victim, who had autism, claimed Murphy had raped him which he denied. Mr Palmer was strangled by Murphy on May 19, 2006, his body found dumped in an alley by a postal worker.