Man faces prison term over ‘depraved’ attack - The Worcester Observer

Man faces prison term over ‘depraved’ attack

Worcester Editorial 11th Sep, 2023   0

A ‘SEXUAL predator’ who violently attacked a woman in her 70s and threatened to kill her if she resisted him had been released from prison on licence just five months earlier.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made the revelation after Anthony Roberts pleaded guilty to attempted murder and sexual assault.

Roberts will be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on October 2 after the 56-year-old of Amber Heights admitted to assault, attempted murder and possession of a blade.

At around 2am on May 7, Roberts charged at his victim who was walking home along the River Severn, before stabbing her multiple times and threatened to kill her if she did not let him rape her.

He then bit the woman on the chest and sexually assaulted her, as she tried to dial 999 and fight him off.

The victim suffered more than 50 stab wounds including serious injuries to her face, neck, chest, back, abdomen and legs.

Witnesses called for help and when West Mercia Police officers arrived at the scene, they found a topless Roberts covered in blood and attempting to flee the scene.

Following an investigation which included a search at his property, diaries which had detailed sexual fantasies and entries stating women ‘did not like [Roberts]’ and that he ‘should not trust them’ were recovered.

CCTV also showed Roberts leaving his home at around 1.30am on the morning of the attack wearing the same clothing which matched items on his possession when he was arrested.

During police interview it was also noted Roberts had said: “What have I done?”

Roberts initially denied the charges, but changed his plea to guilty after the prosecution presented its ‘overwhelming’ body of evidence to the court.

Nicola Heath, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands, said: “This was among the most depraved and ferocious attacks I’ve seen in my 20 years of working as a prosecutor.

“Roberts showed no remorse, and it is nothing short of a miracle the victim did not die during what can only be described as a truly horrifying act of violence.

“Victims of sexual violence are left with the aftermath of a destructive and life-changing crime. Although this woman survived a terrifying ordeal, she will no doubt be left with the mental scars which remain long after the attack is over.

“Her bravery, determination and strength in being able to recount the events of that evening should not be lost on any of us.

“I hope the result provides a small sense of closure for the victim.”


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