8 years’ jail for rapist

Anthony Kelly
Anthony Kelly
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A man with learning difficulties was raped in his own home in one of the most brutal attacks in Preston in recent years.

Anthony Kelly, 35, of Brook Street, Preston, has been jailed for eight years and three months after following the man, who is in his 60s, to his flat close to the city centre and subjecting him to a sustained attack.

The court heard the victim is “emotionally vulnerable” and is only allowed to carry a small amount of cash when he goes into town.

Kelly, who claims to be heterosexual, approached the man as he walked home after a trip into town to visit his favourite shops and McDonald’s last May.

The victim did not think he knew Kelly and was confused when the younger man struck up a conversation with him about people he thought he might know.

As the man let himself into his flat, Kelly, who had been drinking heavily, followed him inside, where he became aggressive, slapping his terrified victim around the face and forcing him to remove his clothes.

The frightened victim begged Kelly to stop as he raped him twice and carried out a serious sexual assault.

After the attack, Kelly fell asleep on the sofa, naked, giving his victim the chance to flee his home and seek the help of his support workers based nearby.

One worker, who provides help with the man’s day-to-day care needs, said the victim was “very distressed and frightened”.

The victim told her a man had been aggressive to him and was making him do rude things.

The support worker took the man back to his flat but when they discovered Kelly still asleep on the sofa, contacted the police.

During interview, Kelly – who was in a relationship with a woman at the time of the offence – admitted he had drunkenly engaged in sexual activity with the older man but insisted it was consensual.

He also told officers he was heterosexual and had never had a sexual encounter with a man before.

He later pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to two counts of rape, one sexual assault and a common assault.

Since the attack the man has been worried about leaving his home and needs carers to escort him on his trips into the city centre.

Kelly, who has previous convictions for violence, told probation officers he was “disgusted and truly remorseful” for what he had done.

Judge Robert Altham, sentencing, said: “You are an intelligent and articulate man.

“This appears to be behaviour that is wholly out of character.

There is no suggestion you have behaved like this or in any other sexually aggressive way to anybody in the past.”