Sex attacker, 23, who took clothes as a ‘trophy’, is sentenced to 17 years in prison

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Shakur Valentino (pictured) was released by police after he grabbed an 18-year-old woman and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming as he tried to rape her

Shakur Valentino (pictured) was released by police after he grabbed an 18-year-old woman and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming as he tried to rape her

A deranged sex attacker who stole his victims’ clothes as ‘trophies’ raped a grandmother weeks after being accused of attempted assault on a teenager.

Shakur Valentino was released by police after he grabbed an 18-year-old woman and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming as he tried to rape her.

Weeks after his release, the 23-year-old raped a grandmother in her 60s near Piccadilly Circus in London.

Valentino was jailed for 12 years in 2019 for the rape of the woman he followed through the streets of London before committing an attack on a side street.

But he is now serving another five years for the attempted rape of his teenage victim.

It means that Valentino’s prison terms, which will last consecutively, now total 17 years.

At the Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Louise Brandon said that “a disturbing feature” of both cases was that he “took trophies in the form of objects as a reminder of your transgression”.

Valentino, 23, of St Helens, Merseyside, denied raping the teen, but on the day she was required to provide pre-recorded evidence for a trial, she admitted an attempted rape.

Philip Astbury, prosecutor, said: ‘It’s an attempted rape that comes as close to the full-fledged crime as the prosecution says you can imagine.’

The court heard that the victim and two friends met Valentino, then 21, on a night out in St Helens in the early hours of December 9, 2018.

Mr Astbury said the woman and Valentino were “attracted” and the group took a taxi back to the victim’s father’s home.

At about 5:30 am, the victim and Valentino entered a bedroom and had sex, but they stopped, she put on a dressing gown and left the room.

She told her friends she was “tired” and would like to sleep before getting up for work, but when she went back to bed, Valentino wanted “more sex”.

Mr Astbury said: ‘She said no to him because she was tired…the defendant refused to take no for an answer.’

At Liverpool Crown Court (pictured), Judge Louise Brandon said 'a disturbing feature' of both cases was that he 'took trophies in the form of objects as a reminder of your offence'

At Liverpool Crown Court (pictured), Judge Louise Brandon said 'a disturbing feature' of both cases was that he 'took trophies in the form of objects as a reminder of your offence'

At Liverpool Crown Court (pictured), Judge Louise Brandon said ‘a disturbing feature’ of both cases was that he ‘took trophies in the form of objects as a reminder of your offence’

He said Valentino forced her onto her back and she “protested and said no, she wanted to go to sleep,” but he climbed on top of her.

She tried to fend him off but he was “just too strong” and when she yelled “he put his hand over her mouth” to “silence her protests.”

Mr Astbury said she believed he had raped her, but the prosecutor, after consulting with the victim, made the “pragmatic decision” to accept that he did not.

He said a friend heard her cry and came into the room and found Valentino on top of her.

Valentino ‘jumped up’ and the victim managed to escape, ran out of the house and hid behind a parked van on the street’.

He left before the police arrived, but officers arrested him nearby.

He said: ‘Officers found the complainant’s panties hidden in his boxers.’

The prosecutor added: “He has admitted that he had deliberately taken her underpants when getting dressed, but could not explain why he had done so.”

Valentino was previously convicted of assault resulting in bodily harm in 2017.

In June 2019, he admitted two charges of rape, two charges of assault, kidnapping and assault with actual bodily harm, relating to an assault around 3:30 a.m. on February 4, 2019.

Mr Astbury said Valentino was pursuing a cleaner walk to work through London’s West End and yelled at her.

He said Valentino grabbed her by the hair, dragged her into an alley and raped her, then threatened a homeless man who tried to intervene.

Mr Astbury said Valentino pursued a cleaner walk to work through London's West End before raping her near Piccadilly Circus (Photo: Library Image)

Mr Astbury said Valentino pursued a cleaner walk to work through London's West End before raping her near Piccadilly Circus (Photo: Library Image)

Mr Astbury said Valentino pursued a cleaner walk to work through London’s West End before raping her near Piccadilly Circus (Photo: Library Image)

The rapist continued, but the witness raised the alarm and police arrested Valentino as he fled.

Valentino claimed the victim was a prostitute and all sex was consensual, but Mr Astbury said it was all caught on CCTV footage.

The footage showed him “hanging out” in Piccadilly Circus for about an hour, approaching three other women.

Mr Astbury said this attack happened about eight weeks after the first and Valentino had been released under police investigation.

Judge Brandon raised Valentino with clothes in both incidents, to which Cheryl Mottram, on the defensive, confirmed he took the woman’s leggings.

She said a psychiatric report made it clear that as a young child, Valentino had “had significant traumatic experiences” that affected his thinking.

Judge Brandon told Valentino he made derogatory comments about both victims after his attacks, “exposing your deep-seated and shameful attitude towards women and that you think you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, if you’re with women.” copes’.

The judge said that after reading the psychological report, she had a hard time accepting that he had genuine remorse.

She said it was clear he had been affected by childhood trauma, adding, “You are a very damaged young man.”

However, she said he was also “a very dangerous young man.”

Judge Brandon said his behavior was “impulsive and unpredictable,” adding, “You continue to completely deny that your actions were wrong on both occasions.”

Valentino’s sentence in 2019 was 12 years, with a five-year extended license.

His sentence for 2021 was five years with a two-year extended license. Because the sentences are consecutive, his total prison sentence is 17 years.

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