'Superhero' killer found in Hull with murder kit in car jailed for posing lifelong risk to women and children
A KILLER discovered with a murder kit in his car has been jailed without limit of time after a judge ruled he posed a lifelong risk to women and children.
Police officers discovered Shane Dobson, who suffers from a hero complex, with the murder kit in Hull's red light area, looking for prostitutes.
Now, Dobson, who killed his baby daughter by forcing her to swallow a balloon in 1996 to pretend she was ill, has been given an indefinite life sentence.
He is not to be considered for parole until 2018 and will remain behind bars until he is no longer considered a risk to the public.
Dobson has been jailed for setting fire to a flat in a three-storey complex, endangering the lives of residents and fire crews, so he could pretend to be a "superhero" and rescue people.
He even lied to firefighters, claiming children were trapped inside, to force them into the flames.
Recorder Graham Hyland QC said: "He presents a very significant risk to women and children and I regard him as a dangerous man who is likely to commit further serious offences.
"He falls into the category of a man for whom an indefinite sentence for public protection must be imposed."
When he was released from prison after killing his daughter, Dobson, of Holland Street, east Hull, was discovered cruising the city's red light districts in a car with another man, who was carrying a knife.
Detectives discovered scissors, surgical items, a utility belt and scarves, hats and sunglasses in the boot.
The courts and police were so concerned about his conduct, he was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from areas of the city, which he has since breached.
While the order was in place, he hired himself out as a hitman in January and attacked Simon Carr at the behest of Mr Carr's estranged partner.
He punched and stamped on Mr Carr, leaving him in intensive care with a collapsed lung.
Dobson then returned to Mr Carr's flat in Clowes Buildings, off New George Street, on January 4 and started a fire inside a wardrobe.
However, instead of calling the emergency services, Dobson attempted to rescue people living in the complex.
When the fire crews arrived, Dobson lied and told them children were in the burning flat before clinging to the door of the flat and refusing to leave.
A jury of six men and six women found Dobson guilty by a unanimous verdict of grievous bodily harm with intent and arson with intent to endanger lives.
Hull Crown Court heard Dobson creates dangerous situations to act the hero.
A probation report on Dobson said: "Dobson has been assessed as posing a very high risk of serious harm towards children, current partners and any future partners and the public.
"Serious harm is assessed as life-threatening and traumatic injuries and recovery would be difficult or impossible. Serious physical harm and psychological threats and the risk he poses remains very high, unless he engages on a lengthy programme to address all aspects of his behaviour."
Dobson has been jailed for a minimum of six years and will only be released when the Parole Board deem he no longer poses a risk to the public.
Recorder Hyland said: "The defendant remains in denial of this offence and he remains in denial of his offending in the past."
Detective Constable Richard Mills said Dobson revelled in playing the hero.
He said: "Dobson is a dangerous person who is always trying to seek attention.
"He has created an incident where he can come across to members of the public and the emergency services as being both a hero and a victim."
Dobson, who is thought to be suffering from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, was jailed for ten years in October 1997 for the manslaughter of his 21-month-old daughter, Ashleigh. He smothered Ashleigh in 1996 after taking her to hospital on at least eight other occasions as part of his attention-seeking condition.