‘You had been look­ing for a vic­tim and you found one. What you did to her there­after is be­yond words’

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By MARTIN NAY­LOR martin.nay­[email protected]­plc.com @Imo­nan­oth­er­plan

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.”


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