Brutal Harworth man used web to research how to cover up rape after attacking woman

Picture: Nottinghamshire police.
Picture: Nottinghamshire police.

A Harworth man who researched how to clean up blood after he had beaten and raped a woman has been jailed

Scott Southall committed the offences at his home in Rutland Crescent on the night of Friday, September 4, 2015. It was his 28th birthday.

He beat his victim, who is in her 30s, around the head and face and subjected her to a violent sexual assault. He then forced her to bathe and refused to let her leave his clutches until the morning.

Southall then used the internet to research how to cover up a rape and how to clean up blood.

But despite his efforts, police caught up with him and, following a trial, Southall was found guilty of rape, assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and false imprisonment.

On Friday he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the rape and a further three years each for the ABH and false imprisonment. These will run concurrently.

Southall will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Detective Inspector Nikki Smith, of Nottingahmshire police, said: "This was a brutal and prolonged crime in which Southall not only left his victim bruised and needing stitches but caused her to endure the psychological and emotional trauma of being held captive afterwards.

"If that wasn't enough he then denied the charges and forced her to bear the turmoil of a trial and giving evidence.

"For all the work we did to secure this conviction, none of it would have been possible without the fantastic courage of the woman at the centre of this brutal crime. She has shown dignity and resolve in the face of great emotional strain. I hope this conviction has instilled in her the feeling of power and strength Southall tried so violently to take from her.

"Let us also not forget the significant impact this case has had on the close-knit community of Harworth. There are no winners here, but a 15-year jail term and restrictions on Southall's freedom for life should provide reassurance that he is no longer a threat."