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caught out by own CCTV: court
April 16, 2009.
A wealthy businessman sexually assaulted a mother-of-two in his
mansion while closed-circuit television recorded the incident, a
British court has heard.
Millionaire David Atherton, 51, tried to rape the woman in his
kitchen and then threatened to drown her in his swimming pool,
the Daily Mail reported.
Leeds Crown Court was told Atherton's addiction to cocaine made
him paranoid, and he believed there were secret passageways in
the walls of his home and that people were out to get him, the
Manchester Evening News reported.
He had installed a state-of-the-art motion-sensing CCTV system
in his 1.5 million home in Heaton, prosecutor James Goss told
Atherton invited the woman, whom he knew, to his house on August
17 last year. He then attacked her in the kitchen, forcing her
to the floor and ripping her jeans off.
He slapped and punched her and sexually assaulted her, before
putting her in a headlock and bringing her to a swimming pool,
the court heard.
"He was shouting that he was going to take her to the pool and
was going to kill her. She was going into the pool and he kept
telling her to take her top off," Mr Goss told the court.
The woman, half-naked, ran to her car which was parked outside
and got into it. But Atherton followed her and tried to pull her
out, the court heard.
CCTV footage showed Atherton struggling at the car door for 20
minutes to try to stop her from leaving, the Mail reported. The
woman also reversed the car, with Atherton hanging off it.
Atherton eventually removed the car keys and returned to the
mansion while the woman ran out into the street and flagged down
a passing motorist, the court heard.
Police later arrested Atherton, whom they said appeared to be in
an "intoxicated state".