A multiple rapist was jailed for 17 years today - 25 years after he attacked his first victim.
The crimes of the self-styled Joshua The High Priest, 51, were described by detectives who successfully reopened the cases - which date back to the mid-1980s - as "every woman's worst nightmare".
A judge at Sheffield Crown Court heard how joiner Priest - who changed his name from Robert Wilson by deed poll - violently raped an 18-year-old woman in Sheffield in 1984.
The court was told the young woman got into his car thinking it was taxi after she finished a shift behind a nightclub bar.
She was driven to a quiet area in the Broomhall area of the city where she was hit and raped.
Judge Graham Robinson heard she was severely traumatised by the incident to the extent she later tried to kill herself by cutting her wrists and lying down in a road hoping to be run over.
He was then told how, in 1985, Priest attacked a 17-year-old girl who had been staying at her boyfriend's house, also in the Broomhall area, after the defendant broke in looking for cash.
Priest threatened the girl with a "rusty sword" he found in the house and then a bread knife before committing a very serious sexual assault on her in the kitchen.
Judge Graham Robinson heard that girl, who was a virgin, begged the defendant to stop, saying: "Please no. Please God, don't do this to me".
The judge said Priest's threats to her must have "chilled her to her core".
Grandfather Priest, of Sunny Bank, Broomhall, admitted rape and the second serious sexual assault at a hearing last month.
The court was told today that in 1986 he was convicted of another knifepoint rape in Broomhall which he committed just weeks after the attack on the 17-year-old.
The judge in 1986 jailed him for seven years for this rape and for robbing the victim, who was a prostitute.
He was also jailed for three years in 1993 for a sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl which took place in either 1991 or 1992.
Priest was arrested in connection with the attack on the 17-year-old in 1985, shortly after the incident, but never prosecuted.
He was re-arrested in connection with the 1984 and 1985 offences last year after South Yorkshire Police found a match between Priest's DNA on the national database and samples retained from the crime scene.Reuse content