February 2018

Face of ‘evil’ child rapist Nigal Smith who abused girls over a decade

These are the first pictures of child rapist Nigal Smith, who was jailed for 20 years for sordid sex crimes against girls as young as 13.

The pervert, branded as “evil”, “cruel” and “wicked” by Judge Jinder Singh Boora last week, was convicted of a string of vile offences ranging from rape to indecent assault.

The Mercury asked Leicestershire Police for Smith’s mugshot to publish last week but the force declined.

However, acquaintances of Smith, revolted by his crimes, have provided the Mercury with these pictures because they want to see them published.

Smith raped two young women, one from the age of 13 onwards and the other from the age of 15, threatening and coercing them to stop his crimes coming to light.

At Leicester Crown Court on Friday Judge Boora said: “When I look at you, I’m looking at evil.

“You’re a cruel, manipulative and wicked man who has damaged two young women.

“You are a perverted sex predator of the most deviant kind.”

Smith (54), of Southfields Drive, off Saffron Lane, Leicester, was convicted of 29 charges – three rapes, 15 indecent assaults and a further 11 sexual offences.

Some of the charges relate to numerous attacks over the years 1996 to 2007.

In one instance he warned his teenage victim that if she screamed he would kill them.

His attacks on them as adults included one where he barged into the young woman’s house, grabbed her by the throat, pinned her to the floor and raped her.

As well as being jailed, he was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order, which will continue for the rest of his life or until lifted by a judge.

During Friday’s hearing, the younger of his victims took to the witness box to speak about the long-term affect the “life-destroying” abuse had had.

She said: “From the age of 13, I had a very distorted view of the world – a view that is very dark and bleak.

“He took away all my hopes and dreams. His abuse ripped away every shred of self-confidence I ever had.

“The hatred I felt towards myself was beyond words. I cried myself to sleep wishing I was dead.

“People say time is a healer but the affects of Nigal’s actions have only got more difficult with time.

“His actions have been life-destroying.”

The court heard the second victim was unable to be at court because she had taken an overdose the night before and was in hospital.

But her victim impact statement was read out, in which she described still feeling “isolated and alone, weak and vulnerable like the young girl he abused”.

She said she suffered chronic depression and at night she suffered “horrendous flashbacks” that made her too scared to sleep.

Commenting on the statements, Judge Boora said: “It’s clear both remain deeply traumatised and affected by what you did to them.

“Both have had suicidal thoughts and have suffered depression.”

He went on to criticise Smith’s total lack of reaction to the victim impact statements.

He said: “There wasn’t a slither of emotion. You didn’t flinch.”

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.