Man accused of sexually motivated attacks on women

Crown Court: Northampton ; crown court sign 'Monday  16th July 2012
Crown Court: Northampton ; crown court sign 'Monday 16th July 2012

A man threatened to stab a young woman, forcing her to the floor of a dark alleyway at knifepoint before sexually assaulting her, a court heard.

Peter Smith 32 says he was attempting to rob the 23-year-old during the ordeal off Scotland Road in Little Bowden, Northampton Crown Court was told.

But opening the prosecution case on day one of the trial today, Wednesday, prosecutor Mary Loram said Smith’s defence that he was a ‘hapless robber’ was being used to disguise more sinister motives.

Smith, of Rushton Road, Rothwell, is accused of attempted kidnap, sexual assault and possession of a knife in the incident on November 17 last year.

He also stands accused of attempting to kidnap a 17-year-old girl in Rockwell Road, Desborough, on February 18.

Mrs Loram told the jury Smith says that incident was also an attempted robbery.

But in neither case were any items stolen, she said, despite both women carrying expensive smartphones at the time of the attacks.

Mrs Loram said the 23-year-old had been walking along Scotland Road in Little Bowden at about 7pm when a car pulled up.

Smith got out, said Mrs Loram, and followed the victim up the alleyway.

“He approached her and held out a Stanley knife,” she said.

“He said ‘Do what I tell you otherwise I’m going to stab you’.”

The court heard he told her to lie on the ground then lay on top of her and attempted to sexually assault her.

Mrs Loram added: “He told her to get up and said he was going to stab her.

“The victim grabbed his ARM and realised she could overpower him. She started calling for help and he ran away.” More to follow.