A rapist has been jailed for 19 years have subjecting his victim to a horrifying ordeal after holding her hostage for 10 days in a Thornton Heath house.

Neil Huggins, 38, urinated in the 20-year-old’s mouth and whipped her with cables after taking her prisoner.

The “despicable” sex attacker repeatedly raped, beat and strangled the woman.

The victim’s horrific ordeal ended after her captor took her on a “trial run” out of the house and she was able to flee.


Huggins was today jailed for 19 years at Croydon Crown Court after being convicted of seven counts of rape, false imprisonment, sexual assault, and causing actual bodily harm.

Detective Sergeant Simon Sherlock, from the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse squad, said: “What Huggins inflicted on the victim demonstrated his total disregard for her as a human being. She was beaten, raped and humiliated on a daily basis for more than a week.”

Huggins, of Dingwall Road, East Croydon, whipped and strangled the victim with thick cable wiring until she was unable to breathe.

She was finally able to escape when he took her to a hair salon in London Road, Thornton Heath on October 4. Huggins had told her he wanted to carry out a “trial run” to see what she would do if they went out of the house.

He initially warned the victim not to speak to anyone but then allowed her to talk with the salon’s staff. She told them she did not want a haircut and walked out, before boarding a bus to Brixton and telling a friend about her ordeal.

Her friend took her to hospital and called the police, who arrested Huggins the next day.

Huggins denied beating the victim, claimed she consented to sex, and said she could have left the house through a window or a gap by the garage door.

But a jury found him guilty of the charges on April 7.

Det Sgt Sherlock: “Huggins has failed to show any remorse for his despicable actions throughout.

“Huggins’s actions have undoubtedly had a lasting impact on the victim who continues to try to come to terms with what happened.

“This was a truly horrific attack and I must express my admiration for the victim to give evidence that has seen her attacker brought to justice.

“I can only hope that this sentence can assist in some way in helping her to move forward with her life.”