Rape victim 'living in fear' since stalker's knifepoint attack in stable near Beverley
A WOMAN raped at knifepoint by her stalker has revealed how he has left her living in fear.
Graham Kelly has been jailed for eight years and given an indefinite restraining order, banning him from ever approaching his victim.
Kelly, 59, jumped over a fence, armed with an 8in carving knife, and raped the woman in a stable near Beverley after stalking her for weeks.
The former quarry worker threatened to kill his victim after the attack.
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However, she tricked him into going back to her home for a coffee and Kelly was arrested.
In a victim impact statement read out at Hull Crown Court, the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "For the first few months following the attack I started drinking far too much to block out what had happened. I did it to try to cope and to pretend it hadn't happened.
"I had trouble sleeping and suffered terrible nightmares. I woke up most evenings in the early hours.
"I started suffering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). I constantly wash my hands and shower to try to get the thought of Kelly off me. I have to have cold showers, I can't find any comfort in warm showers.
"The only way I have coped is by spending time with my children.
"I have spent a lot of time tearful and anxious. I still fear him. The incident has ruined my life.
"The only comfort I have is knowing he is locked up." A jury took just 30 minutes to return a unanimous verdict, convicting Kelly of rape.
After the attack, the woman convinced Kelly, of Eastgate South, Driffield, she liked him and asked him back to her house for coffee.
The victim said: "It was coffee or kill me. I chose coffee."
Judge Mark Bury told Kelly: "This offence took place in an isolated area and you knew you were unlikely to be disturbed.
"You pestered her over the ensuing period leading up to it.
"You waited for her in your car at points where you knew she would arrive, in lay-bys and supermarkets.
"She told you if you didn't stop following her she would contact the police.
"Knowing she would be alone in stables in a quiet country lane, you went with a large knife. When she saw it she was no doubt terrified.
"She thought at that point she was going to die in the field. This was a truly terrifying offence.
"Had she not behaved in the way she did and calmed you down it is plain to me you may have harmed her."
The woman knew Driffield murder victim Linda Merigo, who was stabbed to death in front of her young son, and she feared Kelly was going to kill her.
The woman told the court: "He was obsessive. He showered me with texts.
"When he jumped over the fence with the knife in his hand, Linda Merigo flashed through my mind.
"I didn't have time to think. I couldn't get Linda off my mind.
"I was going to bleed to death in a field and never see my children again."
With the carving knife held to her side, the woman tried frantically to come up with a plan to save her life.
She previously told the jury: "I was thinking how can I get out of this without him getting me.
"I was trying to convince him not to kill me. He had just raped me and said he was going to kill me.
"He asked for a coffee and I said 'yes, I will make you a coffee'. I was safer knowing where he was and that the police were coming."
She told Kelly to come back to her home for coffee.
But, as she cycled home, she saw an elderly neighbour and asked him to call the police. Kelly was waiting for her outside her home and she let him in, making him a coffee.
He was arrested when the police arrived ten minutes after the neighbour called 999.
Kelly's barrister Paul Genney said: "He was absolutely and totally obsessed with her and it eventually manifested itself in this serious offence."
The court heard since the jury's verdict, Kelly has confessed to the rape to a probation officer.
After the verdict, Detective Constable Claire Burnett said Kelly had a dangerous obsession with his victim.
Det Con Burnett said: "He pursued her relentlessly. He followed her, waited near her home and sent her text messages.
"Finally, he confronted her at knifepoint in an isolated location. The victim was understandably put in a terrifying position."