Woman tells Hull court of rape at knifepoint in stables
A WOMAN has told a jury a stalker raped her at knifepoint after forcing her into riding stables.
Graham Kelly, 59, is accused of arming himself with a carving knife, jumping over a hedge and forcing the woman into stables near Beverley before raping her.
The woman told a jury at Hull Crown Court she thought she was going to die.
She said: "I thought I was never going to see my children again. I had no idea what to do.
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"I was trying to think how I could get out of this situation."
The woman told the court she feared the man was going to kill her after the attack.
"He said 'You haven't convinced me not to kill you yet'," she said. "I tried to calm him down because he was still going to kill me."
The woman said Mr Kelly suggested a coffee and she invited him to her home as a ploy.
Cycling home while Mr Kelly followed her in a car, she claimed she told a neighbour to call police, telling them a man with a knife was in her house.
The woman said: "I was trying to convince him not to kill me. I was thinking 'how can I get out of this without him killing me?'.
"He asked for a coffee and I said 'Yes, I will make you a coffee'. He had just raped me and said he was going to kill me. I was safer knowing where he was and that the police were coming."
Mr Kelly was arrested at her home, drinking a cup of coffee. He had taken his shoes off.
Under cross-examination by Mr Kelly's barrister Paul Genney, the woman denied having sex with him to "calm him down" after he turned up at the stables, armed with a knife and threatening to kill himself.
The court heard allegations that Mr Kelly was "obsessed" with the woman and had been stalking her.
Mr Kelly, of Eastgate South, Driffield, denies rape on May 26 and the trial continues.