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Man jailed for life after being found guilty of attempted murder

Posted on 7th December 2018
Anthony Dealey

Anthony Dealey has today, Friday, December 6, been sentenced to life with a minimum jail term of 13-and-a-half-years after a jury found him guilty of four charges relating to an attack on a woman last year.

The 43-year-old man of Erewash Square, Ilkeston, was found guilty by a jury of attempted murder, rape, sexual assault and robbery.

In the early hours of Sunday, November 26, 2017, a woman was walking along Queens Avenue in Ilkeston when she was approached from behind by Dealey.

He grabbed her, forced her to the floor and raped her. He throttled the woman which left her unconscious and then left her for dead on the ground.

The jury heard that his DNA and a fingerprint were found on the woman and her belongings.

When officers visited Dealey’s house in April this year they took a DNA sample and his fingerprints. After being examined by experts they proved positive and he was arrested and later charged.

Detective Superintendent Gareth Meadows who led the investigation said: “I would personally 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 she was interviewed for a media appeal and gave us information to film a re-construction.

“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.  

“This sentence reflects the severity of the crime and I hope that the victim can now start to re-build her life after this terrible ordeal that she has suffered.”

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