January 2014

Rapist gets life for attempted attack after plying girl with drinks and drugs

A dangerous convicted serial rapist who tried to rape a woman at his Birmingham home after plying her with drink and drugs has been jailed for life.

Scott Tully, 37, had previously been handed a 10-year sentence in 2005 for a terrifying knifepoint sexual attack on a 17-year-old at an address in Edgbaston.

Birmingham Crown Court heard he met his second victim at a wake before taking her back to his home in Sleaford Road, Hall Green, on July 5 last year.

Tully, who had previously admitted attempted rape, was told he must serve a minimum of four years before being considered for release.

In passing sentence, Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “She was very drunk when she left the gathering which you well knew.”

He said giving the woman a brandy and an anti-depressant tablet could only have the effect of incapacitating her even further, which was an aggravating factor.

The victim’s ordeal only came to an end after a neighbour heard her screams and called police. The judge praised the neighbour and awarded them £100 out of public funds for their “courage” which he told Tully “saved your victim from worse.”

Stefan Kolodynski, prosecuting, said the victim had made it clear she wanted to go home after the wake in Quinton.

The defendant arranged a lift for them both but instead of taking the woman to her own address, they went to Tully’s maisonette. After being given the drink and drugs, she passed out and woke up in bed to discover the defendant sitting on her chest.

When she started to scream and struggle Tully put his hand over her mouth and threatened to gag her and tie her up. He then tried to have sex with her and at one point put a rolled up sock in her mouth.

Tully only let police officers into his property after they threatened to make a forced entry.