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Fosse Park kidnapper is jailed


A convicted rapist who kidnapped a shopper outside a supermarket and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for life.

The victim, a 31-year-old mother, was petrified when Paul Simon Smith leapt into the passenger seat of her car outside Asda, at Fosse Park.

He was hooded and was holding a metallic object which she believed to be a weapon.

Smith told her: "If you don't want me to hurt you, you'd better do as I say."

The incident happened at 5.45pm on November 21, after the woman had loaded shopping into her car.

"He told her to go on to Soar Valley Way towards Wigston," Avik Mukherjee, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court. "She was terrified, shaking, and didn't know what to do. He told her not to look at his face."

Smith directed her into Aylestone Road and asked for money.

She had spent all her cash and tried to negotiate with him.

He made her stop and get beer he had seen her load into the boot.

They continued the journey and, as he drank from a can, Smith indecently assaulted her by placing his hand on her leg.

Mr Mukherjee said: "She felt sick and was worried he was going to take her to a secluded area and rape her."

She was made to pull over in Middleton Street. They got out of the car, with Smith, of Welford Road, Blaby, holding on to her as if they were a couple.

However, when he slightly released his grip, she broke free, ran down the road, flagged down a passing car for help and the police were called.

Smith made off in her 4x4, which was involved in a crash with another vehicle at 7pm and found abandoned in Blaby at 8.30pm.

Smith (34) admitted kidnap, sexual assault, aggravated vehicle-taking and driving without insurance.

Judge Michael Pert QC said Smith would only be released from prison when the authorities were satisfied he was no longer dangerous.

He said Smith could expect to serve a minimum of three years before parole, on a life licence, would be considered.

Smith was jailed for seven years in 2003 for raping a prostitute in a car, with a screwdriver held against her neck. In 1997, he had been jailed for three years after holding a screwdriver against the throat of another prostitute while he indecently assaulted her.

He also has convictions for burglary and motoring offences.

Judge Pert told Smith: "You're a dangerous offender representing a risk of substantial harm to the public. The victim was understandably terrified that what you had in mind was rape."

Steven Newcombe, mitigating, said: "It was financially motivated. He'd lost his job and hadn't told his partner.

"He made a sexual comment and touched her leg but it went no further."

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