Cambridgeshire

Cambridge rapist Scott Stroud who gave victims drugs is jailed

Scott Stroud Image copyright Cambs Police
Image caption Stroud was jailed for raping "vulnerable and addicted" victims

A man who raped a 15-year-old girl and two other young women after giving them drugs has been jailed for 15 years.

Scott Aaron Stroud, 35, of St Bede's Crescent in Cambridge carried out the assaults on two teenagers, 15 and 17, and a woman, 21, between 2008 and 2012.

He supplied his "vulnerable and addicted" victims with the class C drug ketamine before attacking them, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Stroud was found guilty of three rapes and two sexual assaults.

He was also found guilty of three counts of supplying the drug.

'Incapacitated'

His crimes came to light after the 15-year-old went to the police in 2013.

She said she had gone to Stroud's home after they had attended a rave with a friend.

In the early hours of 4 March 2012 she was raped by Stroud after taking ketamine, supplied by him.

Ketamine is a relative of PCP and is mainly used as an anaesthetic for farm animals.

Cambridgeshire Police said the drug had left the girl "conscious but incapacitated".

'No remorse'

Stroud's two other victims later came forward to say they had been raped by Stroud after taking the drug, again supplied by their attacker.

Sentencing Stroud to five years for each rape, to run consecutively, and lesser sentences for the drugs offences, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said he showed "no remorse".

"You used your knowledge of the drug for your own sexual gratification. All that attended your house were vulnerable as they were addicted, and others were very young," he said.

As well as his jail term, Stroud was placed on the sex offenders register for life when he appeared before the judge on Thursday.

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