January 2018

Sex offender carried out string of crimes against women over 10 year period

A sex offender who carried out a string of crimes against young women over a 10 year period has been found guilty by a jury.

Nigal Smith, 54, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court today of 29 offences against teenagers and young women between 1996 and 2007.

Leicestershire Police , whose officers brought the 54-year-old to justice, released details of today’s court hearing.

Smith, of Southfields Drive, off Saffron Lane, was convicted of 29 crimes – including 15 indecent assaults, three counts of rape and a further 11 sexual offences involving two victims, the force said.

They were teenagers or young women when the offences took place.

Detective Constable Anna Blockley, the investigating officer, praised the bravery of Smith’s victims.

She said: “These were repeat offences that took place over a sustained period of time.

“In each incident, Smith forced himself upon his victim.

“On some occasions he threatened them not to tell anyone and there were also incidents where he even tried to offer them money in order to prevent them from reporting his actions to police.

“The victims of these offences must be praised for coming forward and reliving in detail what were a series of horrifying ordeals.”

Smith was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, February 16.