Serial sex attacker Nicky Suddons 'may never be released'
- 8 April 2014
- From the section Lincolnshire
A serial sex attacker who tried to rape a woman at knifepoint while on work placement from prison has been told he may never be released from jail.
Nicky Suddons was serving a life sentence for attacking seven women and girls in Manchester in 2004 when he attacked his latest victim.
The 26-year-old confronted her in a park in Lincolnshire in June.
The Ministry of Justice said the use of temporary release had now changed because of this case and similar ones.
Suddons, previously of Abbey Hey, Manchester was 18 when he was jailed for sexually assaulting six of his 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.
Suddons was serving a life sentence at North Sea Camp open prison when he attacked his latest victim.
His trial heard that he carefully planned the attack, taking a balaclava, rubber gloves, a craft knife and condoms with him to a decorating placement at a church in Grantham.
He disappeared from the work placement during his lunch hour and made his way to Queen Elizabeth Park in the town.
Suddons lay in wait in a wooded area before confronting a female dog walker, but fled when the dog lunged at him, and he was caught by a cyclist.
He admitted offences of common assault and possessing an offensive weapon, claiming he attacked the woman but had no sexual intent.
Suddons denied attempted rape, but a jury at Lincoln Crown Court found him guilty in December.
Judge Sean Morris gave him another life sentence and ordered him to serve a minimum of six years before he can be considered for parole.
He described him as "extremely dangerous" and said he might never be deemed safe enough to be released.
The Ministry of Justice said the use of temporary release from prison had been reviewed after a series of serious crimes committed by offenders temporarily out of prison.
In 2012, Lee Cyrus was convicted a series of sex attacks after going on the run while on day release from North Sea Camp - the same prison where Suddons was an inmate.
Commenting on Suddons, Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said it was a "horrifying case" which emphasises why the use of temporary release was reviewed.
"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," he said.