Bru­tal rapist re­mains in de­nial

Derby Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By MARTIN NAY­LOR martin.nay­[email protected]­plc.com @Imo­nan­oth­er­plan

‘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.

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