Prison bosses refuse to make public apology after notorious rapist commits attack on day release

Nicky Suddons is handed a life sentence after knife-point attack in Grantham.
Nicky Suddons is handed a life sentence after knife-point attack in Grantham.

Prison bosses declined to make a public apology after a North Sea Camp inmate who had been a notorious rapist was handed a second life sentence for a sex attack carried out on day release.

Nicky Suddons, 26, was branded as ‘highly dangerous’ when originally jailed for seven sex attacks on women and girls in Manchester in a two month reign of terror in 2004.

But after being allowed out of North Sea Camp as part of his preparation for release he made his way to a park in Grantham during an unsupervised lunch break and carried out a serious sex attack on a middle-aged woman.

Judge Sean Morris gave him a life sentence last Monday and ordered he serve a minimum of six years, telling him: “I stress that is the minimum term you will serve. I strongly suspect that the lesson in your case has been learned and it will be many years, if not decades, and it may be never when it comes to considering your release.

“You are an extremely dangerous human being. I am convinced you will sexually assault and rape women in the future if you are released.”

The judge added the victim suffered post traumatic stress disorder and could not leave the house without her dog and rape alarm.

When asked if they would be making an apology to her, a prison service spokesman told The Standard: “Any conversations between the Ministry of Justice and families of victims would be a private matter.”

Suddons, a former lifeguard, was nicknamed the Yellow Brick Road rapist for his original attacks.

By spring last year he was deemed safe to be let out of North Sea Camp to carry out painting and decorating work and had completed a sex offender treatment programme designed to deter him from committing sex attacks.

He slept each night at prison but was allowed out in the day for his work placement.

A jury heard how Suddons got together a ‘rape kit’ including a balaclava, rubber gloves, condoms and a Stanley knife and went on to attempt to rape a middle-aged woman after disappearing from his work placement in his lunch hour.

David Outterside, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Suddons left his work during his break and made his way to Queen Elizabeth Park where he lay in wait for a victim.

He changed his clothes and then confronted a woman as she walked her pet through a wooded area. The woman told the jury she turned round to find herself face to face with a masked man brandishing a knife. She fell to the ground and screamed while her dog barked and Suddons stood over her, warning: “Don’t scream”. Suddons backed off as the dog lunged at him and then fled. A fellow dog walker and a cyclist went to her aid. The cyclist stopped Suddons as he headed for the park exit and brought him back to the scene where he was arrested.

Mr Outterside said Suddons carefully planned the attack, adding: “What was on his mind was rape. This time he was prepared and was absolutely determined not to be caught. He thought he could get clean away with it but he was caught red-handed.”

Suddons, originally from Abbey Hey, Manchester, denied attempt rape on June 28 2013 but the jury took less than an hour to convict him. He admitted attacking the woman but denied any sexual intent.

Suddons had got his life sentence at Manchester Crown Court in September 2005 when he admitted one rape and six sexual assaults on victims aged between 13 and 28. Several of the attacks were at knife point in a park.

Suddons was ordered to serve a minimum of just four years because he was a juvenile aged 17 when he committed the offences. The judge who sentenced Suddons at Manchester said he had an ‘extremely high risk of reoffending’.

Prison minister Jeremy Wright told The Standard: “This was a horrifying case which emphasises why we reviewed the use of temporary release. It can be an important tool in helping offenders reintegrate, but it should not be an automatic right and we must do all we can to ensure it does not lead to a permanent blight on innocent members of society.

“That is why we announced last month that in future, when prisoners are let out on licence, they will be tagged and strictly risk assessed so we can check where they have been.”