Adelaide man found guilty of sexually assaulting elderly woman after breaking into her home


Would-be rapist gave up on sexually assaulting victim when he saw she was old – and says if she was younger he would have got consensual sex because he ‘has a way’ with women

  • Anthony Doyle has been found guilty of assaulting a 68-year-old woman
  • The Adelaide man broke into a family home and undressed
  • He climbed onto the woman in her bed but was soon detained by her husband
  • Claimed to be looking for consensual sex with a younger woman

A 26-year-old man who broke into a family home told police he was looking for consensual sex and would have found it had his victim been younger.

Anthony Doyle was convicted on Tuesday in the Adelaide District Court of assault with intent to rape his 68-year-old victim, reports Adelaidenow.

The court was told that Doyle broke into a home in the northern Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth East on September 14, 2020, shed his clothes and climbed on top of the woman in her bed.

Having initially thought it might have been her husband, she turned on the light, saw Doyle and said ‘Who the f… are you?’

He replied ‘I’m looking for someone. Do you want me?’

He was then grabbed by the woman’s husband and held until police arrived. 

Adelaide man Anthony Doyle (pictured) has been found guilty of breaking into a Elizabeth East home and sexually assaulting a 68-year-old woman

Adelaide man Anthony Doyle (pictured) has been found guilty of breaking into a Elizabeth East home and sexually assaulting a 68-year-old woman

The court heard Doyle tell police during an interview that he ‘had an aura’ there were young women in their 20s inside the house and believed he could persuade them to have consensual sex with him.

He had initially tried to break into the property by entering the front and back door, which were locked, before climbing up to the top floor of the property.

Once inside, Doyle made his way down to the ground floor to the bedroom where the victim was sleeping

Prosecutor Carmen Matteo told the court: ‘He heard the person in the bed snoring, moved up next to her and smelt her neck and head area.’

She said Doyle moved the blanket and got on top of the victim to straddle her.

He then changed his mind when the victim turned on the light and she was older than he expected, the court heard.

‘He no longer wanted to put his penis in the person’s mouth because it was not the person he was expecting,’ Ms Matteo said.

Adelaide District Court (pictured) heard on Tuesday that Doyle had broken into the property looking for sex. He extraordinarily told police that if he had found 'someone more his own age' he would not be in trouble

Adelaide District Court (pictured) heard on Tuesday that Doyle had broken into the property looking for sex. He extraordinarily told police that if he had found ‘someone more his own age’ he would not be in trouble

‘He said to police that if it had been someone more his own age he had a feeling he would not be in that situation, that the person may have had sex with him and he would not have been in trouble,’ Ms Matteo said. 

Doyle had reportedly told police he ‘had a way’ with people his own age.

The convicted man admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the assault. 

Doyle’s defence lawyer Adam Gaite told the court that his client didn’t intend to rape anyone but wanted to have sexual intercourse with someone his own age.

‘You might think this is consistent with him not being a predator, an animal but rather a peculiar individual who had a strange mindset about how he can engage in sexual activity,’ Mr Gaite said. 

Doyle had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He has been in custody since the assault.  

He will face court next month for sentencing. 

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