Killer tied boy’s hands behind his back, raped him and locked him in a closet.
Killer Ben Murphy, who imprisoned and raped a schoolboy, has been sentenced to life in prison. (Picture: SWNS)
A convicted killer tied a boy’s hands behind his back, blindfolded him and raped him in a closet, a court heard, Metro reports.
Twisted Ben Murphy subjected the teen to a horrific assault after meeting him on the bus and then grooming him with cigarettes.
Just years earlier the sick 31-year-old had killed his best friend after tragic Adrian Palmer, 21, had accused him of rape.
A Crown Prosecution Service investigation came to nothing and the Independent Police Complaints Commission later ruled West Mercia Police had failed to properly investigate.
Today Murphy is starting a life sentence for rape but has been told he has to serve a minimum of just eight years.
The family of Mr Palmer said they now feel he has been vindicated after his failed complaint.
Worcester Crown Court heard that after meeting his teenage rape victim, Murphy forced the boy to meet him at a pub before they took a taxi to his flat in Kidderminster, Worcestershire in December 2016.
Murphy told the boy to take off his coat in an alleyway and bound his arms behind his back with duct tape before wrapping thin black fabric around his head so he couldn’t see.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was then subjected to a two-hour ordeal in which he was raped and left with numerous cuts and scratches. He told the youngster: ‘You want to see how violent I can get? Things can get nasty- big problems.’
In 2006, Murphy was sentenced to just four years for the manslaughter of his vulnerable childhood friend.
Mr Palmer, who had Asberger’s syndrome, was strangled and his body found dumped in an alleyway by a postal worker.
Murphy was described as showing ‘a high degree of callousness and recklessness’ in dumping the body. He had been cleared of murder after two trials.
His teenage victim knew about Murphy’s conviction for manslaughter which had ‘a massive impact on the fears he had’, the court was told.
Murphy was released by 2010 and just months later was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years after admitting making indecent images of young boys.
In the latest case, Murphy pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and to seven counts of making indecent photographs of a child plus rape and false imprisonment.
However, he did not appear for sentencing at Worcester Crown Court yesterday after claiming to be ‘ill’ – although a nurse could find nothing wrong with him.
Adrian Palmer was killed by Ben Murphy in 2006 but police failed to properly investigate his rape claims. (Picture: SWNS)
Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC said Murphy had sought to avoid ‘the day of judgement’ as he jailed him for life, to serve a minimum of eight years.
The judge described the defendant as ‘dangerous’ and said he posed a ‘significant risk’ to the public and particularly young boys.
After the conviction, the grandparents of Adrian Palmer, Andrew and Margaret Palmer who attended the hearing read out a statement Mrs Palmer said: ‘We feel Adrian has been vindicated.
‘Murphy is a danger to young people. Parents, watch out for young boys and vulnerable young men.
We feel for that family. We feel really, really bad for them.’
Culled from Metro