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Breaking: Life sentence for Rotherham rapist

Rapist Nicholas Totty

Rapist Nicholas Totty

  • by Polly Rippon
 

A sex attacker who raped a pregnant stranger at knife point then broke into a house and repeatedly raped a 17-year-old girl while her mother was forced to watch, has been locked up for life.

Nicholas Totty, aged 26, of Newman Road, Rotherham, was told by a judge he was a danger to the public and would not be considered for parole until he had served at least ten years behind bars.

Totty, a 6ft 4ins ex Royal Navy chef admitted four counts of rape, wounding with intent, assault with intent to commit a sexual offence and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

Sheffield Crown Court heard his ‘night of terror’ began at 9.15pm on Friday, September 27, when he tried to attack a 24-year-old dog walker in Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham.

Fortuntately the woman’s Staffordshire bull terrier cross intervened and Totty fled.

But two hours later he struck again, targeting a 27-year-old pregnant woman in Moorgate, Rotherham, as she made her way home from the railway station.
He hit her over the head with a torch before raping her at knife point and threatening to ‘slit her throat’.

When the brave woman tried to flee he attempted to drag her into the grounds of Rotherham Hospital but a member of the public intervened.

At 1am Totty struck again, this time breaking into the home of the 17-year-old girl and her mother.

Andrew Dallas, prosecuting, said the women were grieving for a relative who had died.

In horrific scenes, Totty raped the teenager repeatedly and beat and stamped on her mother when she tried to intervene.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray from South Yorkshire Police said Totty was caught thanks to members of the public.

DNA left at the crime scenes tied him to the attacks.

“This was the most grotesque and hideous of crimes,” she said.
“It is difficult to find the words to truly describe the gravity of Totty’s actions and the life-changing impact it will have had on all the victims he attacked during that night of terror.

“The victims in the case have showed incredibly bravery and dignity throughout the course of the investigation and subsequent court proceedings.

“I hope the fact that Totty is now off the streets and facing life in jail will help give them some closure.”

Mr Justice Henry Globe sentenced Totty to life imprisonment and told him he must serve at least ten years in jail before he can be considered for parole.

“Whether or not you can be released after the term has been served will be a matter entirely for the parole board. 
“They will not do so unless satisfied you are not a risk to the public and you are ready for release back into society.”

 
 
 

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