Rapist who carried out 'horrifying' attacks on two girls is jailed for 20 years

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A rapist who struck in Nottingham more than two decades ago has been jailed for 20 years.

Ex-security man Christopher Scott will be released on an extended licence of five years when he finishes his sentence.

Standing in the dock at Nottingham Crown Court, the 65-year-old sex offender showed no emotion as he was told by Mrs Justice Carr the length of the sentence he will serve.

Scott was behind a horrific sex attack on a lone young woman as she walked home.

One month later he struck again - this time abducting his victim from a bus stop at night and twice raping her in his pea green-coloured Skoda.

Both crimes had gone unsolved until DNA and the Nottingham Post helped bring Scott to justice.

Mrs Justice Carr told him in the dock: "These were two horrifying attacks which caused terror at the time to these two young women and which have caused them long term trauma and suffering.

Speaking of the second attack she said: “This was another vicious, violent and terrifying sexually-motivated attack on a young girl alone at night on the streets of Nottingham.

“You are arrogant and you are dismissive of what you have done.”

Christopher Scott

Christopher Scott

The 'horrifying' details of two sex attacks on young women in Nottingham were laid out in court today as a rapist was jailed for 20 years.

Christopher Scott had walked the streets a free man ever since carrying out the attacks in 1992, but after police were called to his home in 2016, the net began to close on him.

Scott had abducted the second victim, an 18-year-old university student in Nottingham, from a bus stop in Mansfield Road in October 1992.

He grabbed her from behind, roughly pulling her head backwards, and held a knife against her neck.

After threatening her, he robbed her of a small amount of cash. The he pulled her backwards down an alleyway and hit the back of her head.

He bundled her into his car. Her hands were bound and her face covered and driven to Bestwood Country Park.

Scott stopped his vehicle and raped her on two separate occasions over the next hour and 20 minutes. Afterwards, he dumped her at the side of Mansfield Road. She never saw his face.

Mansfield Road

What followed was an extensive media appeal to find her attacker. But despite the determined efforts of detectives he remained at large. Back then DNA was in its infancy - but police had taken samples from the victim and kept them carefully stored.

Twenty four years then passed until police were thrown a lifeline in the investigation - Scott, a divorced father-of-four, was arrested at a house where he had allegedly threatened his son with a knife.

Adrian Langdale, prosecuting, today revealing the details of this alleged incident for the first time, said police responded to a 999 call made by the defendant's son at 1.22am on June 18, 2016.

"He alleged the defendant threatened him with bladed black handled folding knife with a three-inch blade."

After he was taken to the Bridewell custody suite, Scott said: "You better keep me in prison and not let me out. If you do, World War 3 will kick-off."

Police secured the address where he was arrested and found CS spray, meat cleavers, an air gun, cross bow and cut throat razor - all in his bedroom.

Scott's son later retracted his statement but, vitally, police now had his father's DNA and this was imputed on the national DNA database for the first time. The results stunned detectives. His profile matched the unsolved rape from October 1992.

Scott had initially denied the offences, and did not turn up to court on the first day of his trial.

But after his arrest and faced with the overwhelming evidence, Scott pleaded guilty to robbing, kidnapping and twice raping the girl at court.

But there was a further twist when the Nottingam Post reported his pleas after his appearance at court in May last year.

At the top of the news article was a picture of Scott - and it was that image that his first victim, from an attack in September 1992, recognised.

Just like the second victim, this woman lived with the awful memory of being the victim of a sex attack by a stranger and her case remaining unsolved for more than two decades.

After she came forward, the sentencing for the rape was adjourned as further inquiries were made.

Scott was questioned again by detectives but he denied he was the man responsible for these new crimes.

His trial got underway at the Canal Street court last month and a jury found him guilty.

Scott was just short of his 40th birthday when he indecently assaulted this victim, then a 17-year-old girl, in Mapperley Hall Drive. He also assaulted her and attempted to kidnap her from the street but she managed to get away.

A general view of Mapperley Hall Drive

A general view of Mapperley Hall Drive

A woman who heard her screams and saw her crawl onto her driveway in the rain and called police.

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The women in both of these cases have shown incredible bravery and composure during our investigations and in extremely testing circumstances.

"In both cases they have had to wait over 25 years to know that it was Scott who had attacked them and to see him finally brought to justice.

"One of the cases has become very personal to me because I first met the victim during my review of the case more than 10 years ago and I have been involved in the investigation at numerous points ever since. I was absolutely delighted when the breakthrough came in 2016.

"I also want to thank the officers who have worked on this case. They have shown the true spirit that I know is held by all of our investigators – they never give up. They were thorough and professional and demonstrated the real patience often needed in complex cases.

"Nottinghamshire Police’s liaison with the media in ensuring court results and images are publicised has played a big part in the case and underpins the seriousness with which we take the need for justice to be seen to be done. We really hope that today will help to provide some closure for Scott’s victims."