THE conviction of Shane Haynes has taken a highly dangerous man off Huddersfield’s streets.
Any of the women whose sad circumstances have led them into prostitution in Huddersfield’s red light district could have fallen victim to Haynes that night.
Forty-year-old Geraldine – known as Gez to her many friends – was the unlucky one.
Although Haynes has two previous convictions, neither could foretell the terror to come for Geraldine that fateful night.
In May 2004 Haynes was given a community punishment sentence after he was convicted of carrying a bladed article in public.
In January 2006 he was jailed for six weeks for assaulting two police officers.
Det Supt Paul Kennedy from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide And Major Enquiry Team headed the murder investigation.
He said: "This was an horrific and frenzied violent attack. We hope that today's result will help Geraldine's family in moving on with their lives as, clearly, they have been devastated by her death.
“Shane Haynes is a highly dangerous individual and that fact has been recognised by the court today.
We are pleased with the outcome of this investigation and our thoughts remain with Geraldine's family."