Man accused of 1996 rape gives his account

PUBLISHED: 12:41 04 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 04 June 2014

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A man accused of raping and trying to kill a woman 18 years ago has told a court she “went crazy” and attacked him.

Prosecutors have told Norwich Crown Court that Peter Carroll, now 56, choked a woman almost to death after picking her up while she was working as a prostitute in Norwich on July 20 1996.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left for dead in a quiet lane in Trowse but survived the brutal attack, prosecutor John Farmer told Norwich Crown Court.

But in her effort to fight off her alleged attacker, a small amount of Carroll’s skin became lodged under her fingernail and this DNA was used to identify Carroll after he was arrested years later for an unrelated offence, jurors have heard.

Giving evidence, Carroll denied prosecution claims that he enjoyed having sex with dead people and that he had tried to strangle the woman.

He accepted he had caused her injuries and dumped her body by the side of the road but said he was acting in self-defence.

He added: “She started attacking me, she stabbed her fingers in my eyes for no reason at all.

“She just started to go crazy so I had to grab her.

“The thought of revenge was not there, I just wanted her off me.”

He added that after the struggle he briefly thought he had killed the woman.

“My state of mind was panic, get her out of the car and try to do something,” Carroll said.

Carroll, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, denies attempted murder, attempted actual bodily harm with intent and rape.

He told the court that the following day he had returned to the scene but could not find the woman.

Asked about his arrest last year, Carroll said: “I knew what they were talking about.

“I was really frightened.

“Rape and attempted murder is a terrible crime.

“It’s just like a child whose taken a small sweet - you just want to deny it.”

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