Terrible Agony of a Rape Victim; This Attack Violated My Life in Every Way My Body My Mind,my Marriage,my Family Personal Security and My Relationships.these Are the Very Foundations of Any Person.i No Longer Know Who I Am.itsis like Grieving for a Loved One,but It Is Me Who Has Died Inside

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Terrible Agony of a Rape Victim; This Attack Violated My Life in Every Way My Body My Mind,my Marriage,my Family Personal Security and My Relationships.these Are the Very Foundations of Any Person.i No Longer Know Who I Am.itsis like Grieving for a Loved One,but It Is Me Who Has Died Inside


Byline: SARAH HARRIS

A SERIAL sex attacker subjected one of his victims to a horrific ordeal after chillingly informing her: 'I am not here to rob you. I am just the rapist', a court heard yesterday.

Lee Hill was given three life sentences for raping a woman of 32 five months after being freed from prison for an identical offence.

In a moving statement, the woman told the Old Bailey how her life had been destroyed by the attack, which took place while her two-year-old daughter slept in the next room and her husband was in hospital suffering from pneumonia.

Previously a 'very happy, confident and secure person', she now suffers panic attacks, cannot stop herself from vomiting, has been forced to move home, is afraid to go out alone and allows no visitors without prior appointment.

She said: 'This man has violated my life in every way. He has violated my body, my mind, my marriage, my family and friendships, my personal security and my home.

'These are the very foundations of any person and I no longer understand who I am. It is like grieving for a loved one who has died, but it is me who has died inside.' On November 26 last year Hill, 25, broke in through the living room French windows of his victim's home in Esher, Surrey.

He had been released early from Exeter Prison in June after serving part of a nine-year sentence for rape imposed in December 1994.

His release came despite the fact that while on home leave from jail he had attacked a policeman.

Hill confronted his victim at 9.20pm as she sat on the bed preparing menus for her husband, who needed a special diet.

He was due out of hospital the following day and a 'welcome home' banner hung on the stairs, said Mr Ian Paton prosecuting.

He slashed at her and cut her hands with a penknife as she tried to fend him off. She told him: 'Just take anything. It is OK.' But he announced: 'I am not here to rob you. I am just the rapist.' Then, with what the prosecution described as 'chilling calculation', he inflicted a series of horrific sexual assaults.

When the terrified woman screamed in pain, he told her to shut up and claimed 'you like it'.

During a sustained ordeal, he carved a cross on her inner thighs.

As he left, Hill threatened that he would kill the woman and her husband if she went to the police.

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