August 2023

Sexual predator who tried to kill his victim by stabbing her more than 50 times convicted

A dangerous offender who violently attacked a pensioner and threatened to kill her if she resisted him was today convicted of attempted murder and sexual assault.

Anthony Roberts, 56, of Amber Heights in Worcester, admitted to the charges of assault by penetration, attempted murder and possession of a bladed article at Worcester Crown Court.

At around 2am on May 7, 2023, 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.

Roberts, who was on licence at the time of the attack, had been released from prison five months earlier.

The victim, who is in her 70s, suffered more than 50 stab wounds including serious injuries to her face, neck, chest, back, abdomen and legs.

Witnesses immediately 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 a rapid investigation that included a search at his property, diaries which had detailed sexual fantasies and entries stating that 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 that matched items on his possession when he was arrested.

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

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

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

Roberts will be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on October 2, 2023.