Driffield Rapist Graham Kelly’s threat to kill victim
THIS is the face of ruthless rapist Graham Kelly, who could be facing more than 10 years behind bars after a vicious knife attack on a woman.
Kelly, 58, of Eastgate South, Driffield, raped the woman in a stable block – threatening to kill her and then himself.
His victim was sitting just 15ft away when a Hull Crown Court jury foreman stood up to announce he was guilty of raping her at knifepoint after stalking her for weeks.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a jury she thought she would be stabbed.
She said: “I thought I was going to bleed to death in the stable and never see my children again.”
She said she instinctively thought of the murder of Linda Merigo, who several years ago was stabbed to death on her own doorstep in Driffield, when she saw Kelly armed with the blade.
Kelly, a former quarryman, stalked his victim to a stable block.
Clutching a sharp knife, he chillingly told her: “I am going to make love to you before I put this knife into you and kill myself.”
He had written three suicide notes and left them in his car for police to find.
He was only caught by his victim’s bravery.
Hull Crown Court heard during a four-day trial that Kelly followed the victim to her home but she had alerted a neighbour to call the police
She let Kelly in to her home and made him a drink.
“It was coffee or be killed that was my choice,” his victim told the court. “I chose coffee.
“He raped me. Afterwards I had to calm him down. I had to live and not be killed.
“I knew the police were coming. I made him a coffee.
I was thinking ‘how long does it take for my neighbour to walk home and to call the police?’
“He took his shoes off. I made a coffee and made it as long and drawn out as possible.
“I didn’t think it would take long for the police to come if a man is at a house with a knife.”
She said: “From his perspective he had no idea what he had done.
“He did not believe he was raping me. All the time the knife was on my skin.”
Kelly was astounded when the police arrived and arrested him.
He told them the woman had consented to sex and he had taken the knife only to kill himself but realised he did not have the nerve.
He had written the woman several letters and stalked her several times to a Tesco supermarket and back to her home.
He told the jury: “She wanted me.” Asked by the Crown barrister Martin Sharp: “Do you think she found you sexually irresistible?” Kelly replied: “She wanted my body. I didn’t want to have sex with her.”
Judge Mark Bury told Kelly he would not sentence him straight away as he wanted a pre-sentence report writing by the probation service.
He said he would obviously be facing a substantial period of imprisonment.
He will be sentenced in four weeks.
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