Brutal rapist remains in denial
‘INHUMANE’ Ilkeston rapist Anthony Dealey is still in ‘complete denial’ that he was the man responsible for the vicious attack on a total stranger who he left for dead.
Derby Crown Court was told that the father-of-two, a factory worker in Spondon, has also been completely disowned by his family since his arrest for the wicked crime.
A psychiatric report has concluded there is ‘nothing in his history’ that indicated he would carry out the vicious assault during which he tried to kill the brave victim.
Dealey, 43, of Erewash Square, was jailed for life and told he would serve a minimum of 13-and-a-half years before he would be eligible for parole.
Martin Elwick, his barrister, said: “He still denies he was the person responsible, but he does not stand in the way of the jury’s verdict.
“It may be that his compete denial is a coping mechanism as the evidence that was collected against him was completely overwhelming.
“There was nothing in his history that was a predictor of this type of behaviour.
“He was a loving family man, so something obviously happened in order for him to behave in this way.
“His family has abandoned him since his arrest for this offence.”
Dealey attacked the stranger at around 3.40am on November 26, last year in Queens Avenue, Ilkeston.
A trial heard how he ‘stalked the streets’ before finding the woman and then carried out a ‘brutal sexual attack.’
He grabbed her, forced her to the floor and raped her.
He then throttled her until she became unconscious and left her for dead.
He denied both charges, but a jury took less than three hours to find him guilty of rape and attempted murder, following a trial at Derby Crown Court in September.
The trial heard that he worked at Spondon firm Accrofab, which provides parts for the aeronautical industry.
A former colleague gave evidence and said Dealey talked about the case and what happened on a number of occasions.
He was arrested after a DNA match was discovered as part of the police’s investigation and a member of the public came forward with his name.
Sentencing him, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “This was a brutal and inhumane attack on a lone female walking home.
“You had clearly been prowling around looking for a victim and you found one.
“What you did thereafter is beyond words.
“You attacked her from behind, dragged her into a nearby park, pulled her skirt up and her tights down.
“At that stage you had your hands around her throat and she felt she was going to die.
“You continued to squeeze your hands around her throat, she was choking all the time thinking she was going to die. You raped her, sexually assaulted her.
“And the final indignity was that you took money from her handbag and left her to die.
“It can’t be said if you strangled her for sexual gratification, but what can be said is that there is no doubt you were trying to kill her.”
Derbyshire police thanked the community in Ilkeston for coming forward and helping them to catch Dealey.
The senior officers who investigated the rape and attempted murder said that without the evidence the people of the town provided, Dealey might not have been snared so quickly.
Detective Superintendent Gareth Meadows and Detective Chief Inspector Emlyn Richards also praised the ‘incredible bravery’ of the victim.
Speaking after sentencing, DS Meadows, who led the investigation, said: “I would like to recognise the bravery of the victim in this case.
“Although she had a terrible ordeal, which no-one should ever have to experience, she remained strong, providing us with her account, a description to enable us to create an artist’s impression, and
This was a brutal and inhumane attack on a lone female walking home. Judge Nirmal Shant QC
she was interviewed for a media appeal and gave us information to film a reconstruction.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the public.
“The response that we had following our media appeals was overwhelming and it was the public that led us to Anthony Dealey.
“As part of the investigation our officers conducted a number of house-tohouse visits in the area and a large number of men voluntarily provided a DNA sample.
“This was a key part of the investigation and I would like to thank all who took part for their cooperation.
“This sentence reflects the severity of the crime and I hope that the victim can now start to rebuild her life after this terrible ordeal that she has suffered.”
DCI Richards said: “I would like to firstly thank the bravery of the victim for showing incredible resolve during what must have been a traumatic ordeal for her.
“Her bravery is a testament to her and we are incredibly grateful for the strength and co-operation she has shown throughout this entire investigation.
“I would also like to thank the people of the local community in Ilkeston.
“Without them coming forward and offering us the evidence we were able to gather Anthony Dealey might have been free to walk the streets for a lot longer. I would especially like to thank the men of the local community who came forward in great numbers and were willing to give their DNA and biometrics for us to analyse.
“This enabled us to rule out a large number of people from our investigations and allow the team to focus on catching the man who was responsible for this awful crime.”
Rebecca Edwards, senior Crown prosecutor from the CPS East Midlands rape and serious sexual offences team, said: “Life imprisonment shows the appalling impact of Anthony Dealey’s crime.
“It had a profound impact on the victim and left the whole community in fear. “He was convicted on compelling evidence that this was a premeditated attack and he intended to prevent the victim from identifying him.
“In the sentencing hearing, the CPS made a case that the planning and ruthless treatment of the victim mark him as a dangerous offender.
“The judge has reflected that in the sentence.
“Dealey’s imprisonment will reassure the community that a dangerous man is no longer among them.
“Above all, though, I hope that knowing he is in jail will help the victim continue to recover from her ordeal.
“The conviction and sentence were mainly down to her courage and determination to tell the court exactly what happened to her that night. I would like to thank her again.”
Derbyshire Police CCTV pictures of rapist Anthony Dealey
FACES OF A RAPIST: Images of Anthony Dealey, who was jailed for life for rape and attempted murder.