April 202

Man jailed after admitting rape of teenage girl

A man has been given a 15 year extended sentence – the first nine years of which will be served in custody – after he admitted raping a teenage girl he followed off a Bristol bus.

Michael Murray, 29, of no fixed address, followed his victim off the No. 24 bus when it stopped on Stapleton Road before attacking her on nearby Belle Vue Road on 9 January.

The victim was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker and Murray was caught after detectives found CCTV footage of him in the area around the time of the incident.

Murray appeared via video link at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (7 April) where he pleaded guilty to rape and a separate charge of common assault in which he hit a woman’s face with a lit cigarette after she rebuffed his advances.

Judge Julian Lambert described the rape as a “cold and calculated attack” which involved a significant degree of planning.

In passing an extended sentence, he added Murray was a “dangerous” man who the public needed protecting from.

He handed Murray:

  • • A 15 year extended sentence made up of nine years in prison and six years on extended licence.

    • A further four month concurrent prison sentence for the common assault on the second victim.

    • An indefinite restraining order in respect of both victims.

    • An indefinite requirement to register as a sex offender.

    • An indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order prohibiting him from contact with any female under 18 years of age unless unavoidable through daily business or with parental/social services consent.