‘Midlands Ripper’ given extra life sentence for sexual abuse of nine-year-old

A convicted double murderer nicknamed the “Midlands Ripper” has been handed a further life sentence for sexually abusing a schoolboy. Alun Kyte, 58, earned the grisly title after he strangled two prostitutes in the 1990s – but now more details of his horrific crimes have emerged.

Kyte lured his nine-year-old victim to his home in Staffordshire in the 1980s, on the promise of giving him toys.

He then raped and physically abused the young boy. The attack was before the murders for which he would eventually be jailed for life. 

But today, Kyte was given a further life sentence for his horrific treatment of the child, with a minimum tariff of 10 years and eight months.

Over the course of five years between 1989 and 1994, the murderer punched, choked, kicked, raped and taunted his victim, who recently came forward, leading to Kyte being convicted in February.

Judge Nirmal Shant KC told the killer, who appeared at Nottingham Crown Court via videolink from HM Rye Hill, Rugby, he had carried out a “campaign of attacks” against a “defenceless” victim.

She added: “The violence you inflicted was extreme. You threatened to kill him. You told him you would kill members of his family, and would kill him last if he told anybody what you had done.

“You will only ever be released when it is safe to do so.”

Kyte killed Samo Paull, 20, from Birmingham in 1993 and Tracey Turner, 30. 

Mick Creedon, who helped bring the murderer to justice in 2000, told the Times that Kyte had boasted in prison about killing several more women.

He was caught in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in 1997 for the rape of a woman who escaped, running naked into the street, after he threatened her with a knife.

The lorry driver, who is believed to have roamed the motorway network looking for victims, had DNA which matched samples recovered from the body of Tracey Turner. It emerged that Kyte had strangled her after meeting her at a service station on the M6 in 1994.

Her body was found about 50 miles away in Leicestershire, while Miss Paull’s body was found almost 40 miles away from her Birmingham home, in a water-filled ditch in Swinford, Leicestershire.

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The killer was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years for these murders.

He has been linked to other unsolved murders including Julie Finlay, 23, whose body was found in a lay-by near Skelmersdale, Lancashire, in August 1994 and Dawn Shields 19, whose body was found at the Mam Tor landmark in the Peak District the same year.

Kyte’s latest trial heard how he gave the boy 50p after the first assault and threatened his family following each further attack.

Prosecutor Ben Lawrence said the abuse spanned years and increased in violence with threats against the victim and his friends and loved ones if they told anyone, telling jurors: “The violence and threats used by Kyte would be an obvious explanation as to why his victim felt unable to tell anyone at the time.”

Kyte denied anything had happened, or that the boy had ever been inside his house, but jurors found him guilty of four counts of indecency with a child, three of attempting to choke, two of indecent assault on a male, and two of a serious sexual offence.

Publication of Kyte’s name and his past was restricted during his trial for attacking the boy. Jurors were only given certain details about his past during the hearing.

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