The jury in the trial of a burglar who is alleged to have subjected a Brighouse pensioner to a sex attack in her own home has begun hearing detailed forensic evidence.
The prosecution has alleged that the scientific evidence links 53-year-old Leeds man Nigel Carroll to the attack on the 70-year-old victim last year.
Earlier this week the jury at Bradford Crown Court were told that the complainant subsequently died a few months after the attack following an unrelated fall, but the video of her police interview on the night of the crime was shown to them as part of the prosecution case.
In the video she described how the intruder had pushed her onto a bed and pulled down her jeans before removing her knickers and tights.
Carroll, of Wykebeck Avenue, Osmondthorpe, has admitted being involved in the burglary, but he has denied attempting to rape the pensioner or sexually assaulting her.
The prosecution has alleged that Carroll had a peculiar sexual interest in ladies tights and he has also denied being responsible for house burglaries in Birkenshaw and Leeds in which tights were stolen.
Yesterday, forensic scientist James Walker told the court how he had carried out DNA profiling on a sample taken from the left outer hip area of the pensioner’s jeans.
Mr Walker said the sample produced a mixed profile for at least two male individuals.
He said when he compared the sample with Carroll’s DNA profile all 17 component elements from the defendant were present.
“He (Carroll) can’t be excluded,” said Mr Walker.
“The fact that all his components are present would be unusual if he wasn’t a likely contributor to the mixture.”
Carroll has suggested through his barrister that an accomplice on the burglary was responsible for the sex attack on the pensioner, but during her opening address to the jury prosecutor Kitty Taylor described such an assertion as “fanciful and fabricated”.
The trial is expected to last into next week.