A WOMAN told a jury she was raped at knife point by a man who stalked her and threatened to kill her with a knife and then himself.
The woman said Graham Kelly, 58, took her by surprise after she had just finished feeding ponies at a stable. She said he vaulted a fence holding a knife and took her to a stable block.
The woman told the jury: “He told me to drop my pants and turn around. He said: “I am going to make love to you before I put this knife into you and kill myself.”
She said she only consented because he had the knife at her throat.
Graham Kelly, 58, of Eastgate South, Driffield, has gone on trial at Hull Crown Court pleading guilty to possession of the knife, but denying a charge of rape.
The court heard at the time he was jobless living in a bedsit and complaining he had no money or future. He had lost his job.
Crown barrister Martin Sharp said Kelly had taken to stalking the woman at the Tesco supermarket and once turning up on her doorstep at her home.
He told the jury: “The prosecution say you can be sure of the evidence of the victim and that he is guilty of rape. At the time he had a knife and the only reason she consented was because of the knife.”
The woman told the jury in a video interview he had jumped the fence. “He pushed me back into the stable using the knife. I let out two or three screams. He was holding the knife at the side of me. He said I am going to make love to you before I put the knife in you and kill myself.”
She said when the attack stopped she began wittering uncontrollably until she could think of a way for him to put down the knife. She said out of fear of the situation she told him she loved him and so agreed for him to come to her house and talk to him. She said she set off on her bike with Kelly following in his car. She formulated a plan to speak to a dog-walking neighbour and tell him to ring the police as a man was following her with a knife.
She said she tried to smile as she told the neighbour what she needed him to do. She left the door unlocked and allowed the attacker to walk into her house. She left him walk in and made him a cup of coffee. The police appeared at her home and spoke to the victim before arresting Kelly. He was taken to Bridlington Police station for questioning.
They found the knife in his car and three suicide letters. He had written to the woman once telling her: “I am going to do something stupid.” She ignored the letter.
Kelly denies rape. He told the police it was consensual sex. The woman admitted she did not fight back because the knife was next to her.
The trial continues.
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