Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Nicholas Totty given life term for four Rotherham rapes

Nicholas Totty
Image caption Police said Nicholas Totty's actions were the "most grotesque and hideous of crimes"

A man who admitted four counts of rape after attacking three women in Rotherham on the same night has been jailed for life.

Nicholas Totty, 25, of Newman Road, was ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court.

One of his victims, aged 27, was hit over the head with a torch before being raped in the Moorgate area.

Less than two hours later he attacked a woman and repeatedly raped a teenager at a nearby house.

South Yorkshire Police said the attacks happened on 27 September.

He sexually assaulted the 27-year-old woman and then dragged her along the street before a member of the public intervened.

'Night of terror'

A few hours later he forced his way into a nearby address and assaulted a 45-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl.

He went on to repeatedly rape the teenager before fleeing the house.

Before those attacks, police said he also tried to attack a 24-year-old woman who was walking her dog in Herringthorpe Valley Road.

Det Supt Lisa Ray said: "This was the most grotesque and hideous of crimes.

"It is difficult to find the words to truly describe the gravity of Totty's actions and the life changing impact it will have had on all the victims he attacked during that night of terror."

Totty also pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, assault with intent to commit a sexual offence and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

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