Serial sex attacker Nicky Suddons planned new attack

Nicky Suddons Nicky Suddons was 18 when he was jailed in 2005

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A serial sex attacker has been found guilty of trying to rape a woman at knifepoint while he was on a work placement away from prison.

Nicky Suddons is serving a life sentence for attacking seven women and girls in Manchester in 2004.

The 26-year-old confronted his latest victim in a park in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in June, a court heard.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said it was a "horrifying case" and asked for a review into Suddons' release.

'Rape on his mind'

Suddons carefully planned the attack, taking a balaclava, rubber gloves, a craft knife and condoms with him to a decorating placement at a church, the court heard.

He lay in wait in a wooded area before confronting a middle-aged dog walker.

Suddons, previously of Abbey Hey, Manchester, fled when the dog lunged at him but he was caught by a cyclist.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

David Outterside, prosecuting, told jurors: "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."

Youngest victim 13

Suddons was 18 when he was jailed for sexually assaulting six victims and raping another.

The youngest victim, aged 13, was threatened with a broken pair of scissors.

The final and eldest victim, aged 28, was raped at knifepoint.

While serving his life sentence, Suddons was transferred to North Sea Camp, an open prison in Lincolnshire.

He was deemed safe enough to be allowed out of prison on a work placement, but disappeared during his lunch hour and made his way through Grantham to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Mr Grayling said the case needed to be investigated thoroughly. He said he had asked officials to review the placement scheme across the country and look at how temporary release was granted.

He added: "I'm determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong and to take forward any lessons learnt from the reviews I have commissioned.

"In future, when people are released on temporary licence, I want to see them tagged so we can better monitor where they are and where they have been."

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