A married father-of-two has gone on trial accused of carrying out a ‘brutal sexual attack’ in a residential Ilkeston street.
Anthony Dealey, 43, of Erewash Square in the town, is on trial at Derby Crown Court charged with rape and attempted murder which is alleged to have taken place on Queens Avenue in the early hours of November 26, 2017.
Gordon Aspden, prosecuting the case, said Dealey was ‘on foot, stalking the streets’ before carrying out his attack.
The alleged victim told police she ‘thought she was dying’.
Mr Aspden told the court the victim became aware of Dealey following her close to the junction of Queens Avenue and Middleton Road.
He said: “She did not recognise him. He was a complete stranger. She heard foot steps and deep breathing. Moments later she was violently attacked.
“He tried to lift her up. He completely ignored her protests.”
He told the jury the victim was ‘overpowered swiftly’ as the defendant carried out a ‘brutal sexual attack’.
Mr Aspden said Dealey put his hand around the victim’s throat to stifle her cries before he ‘raptured up the violence’ and applied pressure to her neck and put both hands around her neck.
He said: “She was convinced she was going to die. She was unable to breathe. His response to that was to rape her.”
The court was told that the woman started to lapse into unconsciousness.
Mr Aspden said: “The crown’s case is the defendant raped the victim and then attempted to kill her.”
He told the jury he left the woman for dead and terrorised her
“His aim was to prevent her from talking to anyone about what he had done,” he said.
Dealey showed no mercy, the jury was told.
Mr Aspden told the jury the woman regained consciousness and called out for help and another woman who lived on the street phoned the police.
When describing where the alleged incident happened, Mr Aspden said: “This is a residential street in a built up area.”
Mr Aspden said: “In November last year he (the defendant) and his wife and their two children were living together in Erewash Square in Ilkeston.”
When discussing the time of the alleged attack, he said: “Was he at home? In bed? Asleep at twenty to four as you might expect? No. He was not.
“So where was he at twenty to four? He was out and about on foot stalking the silent streets of the town. He was alone.”
He said the defendant could be seen in a CCTV still outside a bookmakers in Nottingham Road at around 3.10am.
Mr Aspden described an artist’s impression that was put out by Derbyshire police in a bid to find the attacker as a ‘sinister image’.
He told the jury how the police investigation into what happened continued throughout the rest of 2017 and into 2018.
He said a ‘dark shadow continued to hang over the town’.
DNA tests and finger print tests were carried out at this point, the jury heard.
When this returned, Mr Aspden said there was ‘absolutely overwhelming’ scientific and finger print evidence that showed Dealey was the attacker, the jury heard.
He was later arrested and charged.
Mr Aspden said the defendant had previously shown an unusually high level of interest in the case. He said: “He sometimes brought it up in conversation, sometimes inappropriately.”
He had looked at several news reports surrounding the incident and the police appeal for information, the court was told.
In the afternoon session, the jury were played a number of police interviews the alleged victim had recorded with police officers.
In the first, when described the alleged attack, she said: “He ran up to me. He tried to pick me up. I shouted for help. That’s when he started strangling me.Then I passed out.”
She said: “All my belongings were on the floor. I think his face was covered up but I’m not 100 per cent sure.
“I heard heavy breathing and footsteps, not far behind me. I realised someone was behind me.”
In the interview, she said at first “I thought it was someone being silly”.
She also said in the interview that she started to shout during the alleged attack. When asked what Dealey did at this point, she said: “He grabbed my throat.”
She later said: “I thought I was dying.”
A witness statement was also read out by a woman who ran out to help the alleged victim and phone the police.
The statement said she could hear somebody shouting “help me, help me”. It said: “It sounded like it was coming across the road opposite our house. I got my dressing gown on and put my shoes on. I grabbed my phone. I said to the female ‘oh my God, are you OK?’
“To which she replied ‘I have been raped’.”
Dealey is charged with rape, attempted murder, assault by penetration and robbery. He denies all the charges and the trial continues.