‘You had been looking for a victim and you found one. What you did to her thereafter is beyond words’
AN Ilkeston man who stalked the streets of his home town before raping and trying to murder a woman has been jailed for life.
Anthony Dealey attacked his victim at around 3.40am on November 26, 2017, as she walked home from a night out.
The attack took place in Queen’s Avenue in the town, but a court heard Dealey had been stalking the streets before finding the woman and carrying out a “brutal sex attack”.
He forced her to the floor and raped her, throttling her and leaving her for dead.
The 43-year-old, of Erewash Square, Ilkeston, will serve a minimum of 13-and-a-half years in prison.
Sentencing him at Derby Crown Court yesterday, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “You present significant risk of serious harm to the public. You are a dangerous offender.”
Judge Shant added: “This was a brutal attack on a lone female who was 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 her hands around her throat and she felt 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.”
A psychiatric report concluded there was “nothing in his history” that indicated Dealey would carry out the attack.
His barrister, Martin Elwick, said Dealey “still denies he was the person responsible”.
Mr Elwick said: “He was a loving family man, so something obviously happened in order for him to behave in this way. His family has abandoned him.”
The jury at Dealey’s trial heard that his DNA and a fingerprint were found on the woman and her belongings. When police visited his house in April, they took a DNA sample and his fingerprints which proved positive.
Detective Superintendent Gareth Meadows, who led the hunt for Dealey, paid tribute to the victim for her bravery.
Despite her “terrible ordeal”, she remained strong, providing police with her account and a description to enable them to create an artist’s impression and helping with a reconstruction.
He said: “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-to-house 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 that took part for their co-operation.”
JAILED FOR LIFE: BRUTAL RAPIST WHO LEFT WOMAN TO DIE IN STREET