2004-04-30 / Front Page

Bayswater Man Pleads Guilty To Rape, Attempted Murder

Bayswater Man Pleads Guilty To Rape, Attempted Murder

A Bayswater man has pled guilty to rape and attempted murder in a vicious attack, inside his residence in August 2003, on a female relative who was stabbed, bitten and sexually assaulted and suffered permanent vision loss in her left eye.

According to an announcement by District Attorney Richard Brown, "The defendant has admitted his guilt in the savage attack on a relative who was visiting from Nigeria. The defendant inflicted multiple serious physical injuries on the victim during a violent sexual assault inside his apartment. The victim was severely traumatized by the attack and I hope that the long prison sentence to be imposed eases her distress."

Brown identified the defendant as William Joseph, 52, of 1101 McBride Street, a maintenance worker employed by the New York City Housing Authority.

The defendant pled guilty on Tuesday to Rape in the First Degree and Attempted Murder in the Second Degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph A. Grosso who indicated that he would sentence the defendant on June 7, to a determinate sentence of 18 years in prison.

The District Attorney said that the defendant admitted that he attacked the 41-year-old victim, his relative, on August 27, 2003 and attempted to cause her death during a rape. The victim was stabbed repeatedly in the face and body with three kitchen knives and bitten several times on the face and body permanently disfiguring her.

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