August 2021

Sobbing rapist caged for life after ‘horrific’ sex attack on pensioner as she feared for her life

Keith Anderson was jailed at Teesside Crown Court

A sobbing rapist has been put behind bars for life after a “horrific” sexual assault on a pensioner.

Drugged-up Keith Anderson “tricked” his way into the elderly woman’s home before launching the “degrading” attack.

The 35-year-old told his victim that he was “frightened” to stay alone before he raped her in her own bed.

The “dangerous offender” threatened to “snap her neck”, whilst his arm was around her neck, and threatened to “stab her” during the early-morning attack on March 17.

He also asked her if they could make it a “weekly thing”, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Anderson appeared at the Middlesbrough court, via video link from HMP Durham, for sentencing on Friday.

The Darlington man previously pleaded guilty to rape.

During the rape, the victim was “screaming and shouting” and Anderson “put his hand over her mouth”

Teesside Crown Court heard how he tore off her clothes, “threatened to snap her neck” and “stab her”.

Prosecutor Paul Abrahams also told how Anderson asked if they could make it a “weekly thing” during the rape.

The victim was subjected to a “degrading sexual assault” and DNA evidence found traces of Anderson’s semen on the victim and on her clothing.

In a victim personal statement, the woman told of her “pain and suffering” and how she is unable to remain in her home alone following the attack.

“I really thought he was going to kill me,” she said.

The court heard how he “tricked his way into the house” and permission was obtained through “deceit”.

The defence conceded that Anderson is classified as a “dangerous” offender despite his most serious convictions being in 2005 for wounding with intent and 2007 for attempted robbery.

Recorder Craig Hassall described it as a “troubling case” and outlined how Anderson has been under the supervision of the probation service or prison service for 14 years.

Despite the work of the services, the defendant committed the “horrific offences” whilst on license and the judge outlined his “grave concerns” over Anderson’s “risk to the public”.

Recorder Hassell said he didn’t have the “slightest hesitation” that Anderson, of The Broadway South, Darlington, “posed significant risk to the public”.

He imposed a life sentence with a minimum term of eight years.