Suspect denies rape in cold case trial

An Eastbourne man has denied raping a woman after breaking into her bedroom and then returning to steal from her home a month later.

Anthony Jordan, 50, of Susans Road, was caught with his victim’s possessions ready to be carried away when he set off a panic alarm installed after his sex attack, a court heard this week.

He admitted the burglary when he was arrested in 1991, but escaped prosecution for the rape for 20 years because of primitive forensic techniques, the Old Bailey heard.

Jordan was linked to the crime last year when a cold case review using new methods gave a one-in-a-billion DNA match, jurors were told.

Prosecutor Peter Glenser said Jordan’s victim, then aged 50, awoke to find her in bed with him at her home in Clapton, east London, at around 2am on May 16, 1991.

He held her down and placed a pillow over her face while he raped her, it is alleged.

“It seemed, she thought, to go on forever,” said Mr Glenser. “The pillow was still over her face and she was trying to breathe through it.

“On any view her’s was a terrifying ordeal. She thought she was going to be murdered.”

After the attack was over, Jordan is said to have told her, “Give me a few minutes and you can make your phone calls.”

Jordan broke in through a lounge window and made off with £10 from his victim’s pure as well as her cigarettes and lighter, the prosecution claim.

One month later, on June 16, Jordan was arrested after he tripped a panic alarm the victim had installed after she was attacked, having again broken a window to gain entry.

“Found crouching fully dressed in the dark in the lavatory was this defendant,” said Mr Glenser.

“He had been caught in the middle of burgling his victim’s flat.

“The Crown say that he had returned to the scene of the crime he committed a month earlier.

“He had stacked a number of items near the door ready for removal and had handled and activated the panic button, possibly without realising what it was.

“The method of entry on this occasion was the same window as it had been for the earlier break-in.”

Jordan was a suspect for the rape from a very early stage, but DNA profiling in use at the time could only produce a one-in-160 match, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to burglary in September 1991, but charges in respect of the sex attack were dropped.

Jordan was re-arrested last year when DNA analysis of his victim’s dressing gown using new techniques produced a one-in-a-billion match.

He gave no comment in his police interview and will claim that he has been wrongly identified, the court heard.

The trial continues.