Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When He Got 10 Years I Nearly Fell out My Chair

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When He Got 10 Years I Nearly Fell out My Chair

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Byline: By Adam Jupp

He promised to stand by her for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.

But the husband Annette Abdullah thought she knew turned into a sex beast, who repeatedly raped her.

Former nightclub DJ Colin Smith waged a campaign of abuse against his wife for years before she plucked up the courage to break free.

And more than 20 years after he first attacked her, Annette contacted police to tell of her suffering.

Smith, now 43, of Sandown Gardens, Wallsend, told officers he believed it was not a crime for men to rape their wives but was jailed for 10 years at Newcastle Crown Court.

And today, Annette, also 43, said: "In 1984 I would say it first started. He had a weekend job as a DJ in a night club in Whitley Bay and he would come in drunk and get into bed with me."

Annette, who has waived her right of anonymity to tell her story, added: "Then it would get to the point where it happened when he hadn't had a drink.

"You know, it got worse and worse each time. I just knew the signs, as soon as he came towards us and he had a certain look on his face."

Annette, who lived in Wallsend with Smith, is taking part in a scheme to tell victims what support they can get if the agree to give evidence against criminals.

She is featuring on a DVD produced by the Crown Prosecution Service , as part of the No Witness No Justice programme.

But for years, she was trapped in her marriage, silenced by feelings of shame even after she left him.

Annette tried to block out her ordeal but when Smith tried to get in touch with their grown-up children, who the Chronicle has agreed not to name, in September 2005, she decided to contact police.

Annette added: "I couldn't really talk to anyone about it. I felt like it was my fault. I felt like if I had done what he had said, he wouldn't have done this to me.

"I didn't tell any relatives or friends and it was last year. I just sat on my own one night and something in my mind said 'phone the police, do something about it now'.

"I felt like I was strong enough to do something so I did. I phoned them. …

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