December 2017

Church-going rapist ‘showed no remorse’ over campaign of sexual abuse

A “strongly religious” church-goer who committed dozens of sexual assaults against a child – including multiple rapes – has been jailed for 15 years.

Bully Nigel Smith repeatedly molested and raped his victim over several years, starting when the child was around five.

Described by probation officers as a “control freak”, the now 63-year-old, a former member of Romsey Christian Centre, would often subdue his victim through violence.

The court was even told how Smith would sit his victim on his lap during church services for his own sexual gratification.

However, Smith, of Bitterne Road East, refused to accept his wrongdoings.

Instead, he insisted he had not meant to harm the child – who the court heard was now suffering from suicidal thoughts.

He denied all charges against him, but was found guilty during a six day trial at Southampton Crown Court.

Sentencing him, Judge Nicholas Rowland, said Smith had shown a lack of remorse.

He said: “What is apparent to me is the impact this has had on your victim.

“You’ve no appreciation for what you did nor any remorse.”

Judge Rowland also condemned Mr Smith’s use of violence, describing him as a “bully”.

Prosecuting, Rufus Taylor told the court that the first incident had occurred when the child was between five and six-years-old.

The court heard how the assaults had caused “serious” psychological harm to Smith’s victim.

Judge Rowland sentenced Smith to a total of 15 years in prison.

His sentence was for four multiple counts of rape, as well as concurrent sentences for sexual assault and cruelty to a child.

Smith was also given a further concurrent sentence for attempting to pervert the course of justice.