Man found guilty of attempted murder and rape in Leicester park

A man who carried out a vicious sex attack in a Leicester park and left his victim for dead, has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Zakarya Etarghi, 25, was also convicted of rape today following a trial at Leicester Crown Court. 

His victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was left for dead following the brutal attack in the early hours of 3rd August last year.

Etarghi went into hiding after the attack and was tracked by police at an address in Stoke-on-Trent two weeks later.

The woman was found by a member of the public in a park in Cedar Road, off Evington Road, with life-threatening head injuries.

The police investigation led officers to identify Etarghi on CCTV footage buying alcohol in a shop prior to carrying out his violent assault. Further CCTV then showed him on a nearby street as he fled the scene of his crime. 

Forensic analysis of items found at the scene also led police to Etarghi.

Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, the senior investigating officer, said: “This was a horrific assault, leaving the victim with life-threatening injuries that have had a lasting impact and from which she is still recovering.”

“There is little doubt that she has only survived due to the early and extensive medical treatment she received.”

“Etarghi went to Stoke-on-Trent in a bid to try and evade arrest. However, we were able to identify him from DNA recovered from items left at the scene, which was pivotal to our investigation.”

“We also found messages he sent to friends saying he needed to leave the country. He was fully aware that he was wanted by police.”

Etarghi will reappear at Leicester Crown Court on 25 March when he will be sentenced.