Peter Carroll jailed for 15 years for 1996 Norwich rape

Peter Carroll The trial in June was told Peter Carroll fantasised about having sex with a dead or unconscious woman

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A man found guilty of raping and attacking a woman 18 years ago, after being identified from a scrap of DNA, has been jailed for 15 years.

Peter Carroll, 56, choked a woman almost to death after picking her up while she was working as a prostitute in Norwich in 1996.

In June, a jury found Carroll guilty of rape and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

Carroll, of Aylesbury, was jailed by a judge at Norwich Crown Court.

Judge Stephen Holt said Carroll would only be considered for parole after 10 years and if given parole he would spend 10 years on licence (a five-year extension on normal parole).

DNA sample

The victim, who was 20 at the time, was left for dead, the trial jury heard in June.

In her effort to fight off her attacker, a "small amount" of Carroll's skin became lodged under her fingernail and that was kept on file by police.

Carroll, of Barnsbury Avenue, Aylesbury, who had previously lived in Beccles, Norfolk, where he worked as a Hotpoint engineer, was arrested years later for an unrelated assault and a DNA sample was taken.

Last year police re-examining the case linked him to the 1996 offence.

Carroll had claimed he acted in self defence when the woman attacked him.

John Farmer, prosecuting, said Carroll had a "deviant sexual obsession" with the idea of having sex with a dead or unconscious woman.

He added that Carroll had been married three times and would speak openly about his use of prostitutes.

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