Anthony Dealey, 43, of Ilkeston, Derby has been convicted of sexual assault, rape, robbery and attempted murder at Derby Crown Court following a week-long trial. He had denied all of the charges against him.

Dealey targeted his victim on 26 November 2017 after she got off a night bus in Derbyshire following a night out at a birthday party. She was walking along Queens Avenue in the early hours of the morning when she heard footsteps and heavy breathing. Dealey raped the victim before throttling her and leaving her for dead on the pavement. The victim regained consciousness and managed to raise the alarm.

The court was told that DNA and fingerprint evidence linking Dealey to the victim was “more than a billion times” more likely to be that of the defendant than anyone else.

During the trial, Dealey’s defence barrister admitted the evidence against Dealey was “overwhelming”, but said that he did not intend to kill the victim.

Rebecca Edwards, from the East Midlands Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said after the guilty verdicts: “Anthony Dealey subjected his victim to a terrifying and violent ordeal.

“Despite the nature of the attack, she survived and has shown great courage and determination to help the police piece together what happened.

“The evidence against Dealey was compelling. DNA and fingerprint evidence clearly identified him as the rapist and the victim’s account of the attack showed that this was a deliberate and pre-meditated attack.”

Dealey will be sentenced on 5 November.

Gordon Aspden was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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