Bodycam Video Shows Dramatic Arrest of Rapist Who Attacked Sex Worker Twice

This is the dramatic moment armed police arrested a weapons-obsessed former prison guard who raped a sex worker twice at gunpoint.

Richard Scaife, 46, was detained in Folkestone—a port on the English Channel, in the U.K.—in November last year.

Bodycam footage of the arrest shows armed cops pulling over a blue hatchback car and shouting at the driver.

Scaife then gets out with his hands up, with one officer heard saying: "We've been told you've got a gun."

pRichard Scaife being arrested by armed police in Folkestone, England on November 5, 2021. A jail term has been imposed on a man who brandished an imitation firearm before raping a woman. (Kent Police,SWNS/Zenger)/p
Richard Scaife being arrested by armed olice in Folkestone, England on November 5, 2021. A jail term has been imosed on a man who brandished an imitation firearm before raing a woman. (Kent Police,SWNS/Zenger)

A search of his car discovered an imitation handgun, a bayonet, a pierced condom, an expired prison identification badge, and gaffer tape.

Officers also found strips of duct tape stuck to the inside of his jacket after he raped a sex worker in Kent, in southern England.

A further arsenal of weapons was discovered at Scaife's home in Dover shortly after his arrest.

These included six machetes, 14 lock-knives, a samurai sword, eight ball-bearing pistols, air rifles plus nun-chucks and knuckle-dusters among the haul.

Scaife originally pleaded not guilty, but jurors unanimously convicted him of two counts of rape and possession of an imitation firearm following a trial in May this year.

He was handed down a 20-year prison term when he was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, July 29.

During his trial, his victim said Scaife locked her door and grabbed her by the throat after arriving at her property smelling of alcohol on the afternoon of November 5, 2021.

She told police in a recorded interview played in court that she thought she was going to be killed during the horrific ordeal.

The woman said: "He pulled out the gun, I was terrified, but I didn't show him.

"Inside, I thought, 'I'm going to die, this is my last day,' 'maybe he killed someone before'—all of this (was going) through my mind.

"I have known many working girls who have been killed, I said 'are you going to kill me?'

"All that was going through my mind was 'am I going to die'.

"I was thinking of my son, I was thinking 'I love you', this is going to be my last day, then I thought I have to be strong."

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Richard Scaife, 46, was detained in Folkestone, U.K. Scaife was sentenced to a 20-year prison term for raping a sex worker. SWNS/Zenger/Kent Police

The woman described to jurors how she tried to diffuse Scaife's rage during the attack and managed to calmly talk him down, while also plotting her escape.

And after Scaife raped her twice, he said he had problems in his romantic life and then bizarrely asked if she wanted to form a relationship and be friends, the victim added.

The woman told cops: "He said 'I have been seeing working girls for 20 years, they just take my money, they rip me off, they take everything away from me.

"He broke down, he kneeled on the floor crying and I was hugging him, I said 'you can talk to me honey', and he said he really wanted to be friends with me.

"I thought maybe he was going to kidnap me and use me as a sex slave in his apartment.

"He said he wanted to do bad things, 'I wanted to do bad, I was expecting a bad girl but you are not a bad girl'."

The woman eventually managed to alert her landlord and convince Scaife to leave, as another customer was waiting outside, and her phone was repeatedly going off.

And after she called the police, Scaife was arrested an hour later, equipped with his "rapist's toolkit," prosecutors said.

Daniel Stevenson, prosecuting, said: "He (Scaife) had weapons both in his car and on his person, he had an expired prison guard's identification badge.

"He had strips of duct tape ready and cut, stuck to the inside of his jacket, ready to place over the woman's mouth if he needed to subdue her.

"He had a condom with a hole in it. He brought with him an air pistol which had the appearance of a handgun.

"We say there is no good reason why he would have an identification card that resembles that of a police officer."

Giving evidence, Scaife argued the duct tape was for "fixing the window of my car."

He also said his victim was setting him up for unknown reasons and claimed he forgot his expired prison ID was even inside his wallet.

He further told jurors he was taking the air gun and bayonet found inside his car to the nearby Folkestone Angling shop for a refund at the time of his arrest.

But the shop owner told the court it had not stocked either item for more than a decade and they would not have provided a refund in any case.

Scaife claimed weapons police seized from his home were for legitimate purposes—such as airsoft and martial arts.

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Richard Scaife, 46, was detained in Folkestone. Scaife's victim feared she might be kidnapped by him. SWNS/Zenger

Scaife's arsenal also included wooden billy clubs, metal asps, foam batons, nun-chucks, and knuckle-dusters.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Dan Barker, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said Scaife was a man who posed a "serious danger" to women.

He said: "Scaife put this victim through a terrifying ordeal and—like the judge recognized in court—I would also like to praise her bravery in assisting our investigation and the resulting prosecution.

"Scaife's actions and the weapons he had in his possession present a disturbing portrait of a man who posed a serious danger to women and girls.

"I am pleased the fast and professional response of officers on the day of the offenses led to his quick arrest and the seizure of these weapons.

"Every woman and girl has a right to feel safe in the communities in which they live and that is why tackling violence against them is a priority for Kent Police."

Produced in association with SWNS.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.