Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Thoughtthought II Might End Up Dead; Gran Speaks out as Her Sex Attacker Is Locked Up

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Thoughtthought II Might End Up Dead; Gran Speaks out as Her Sex Attacker Is Locked Up

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Byline: NAOMI CORRIGAN

A DISABLED widow who was sexually assaulted by a stranger in her own home has bravely spoken about her ordeal.

Marilyn Collin woke up on her sofa in the early hours to find Wayne Joseph Stephenson kissing her and trying to remove her nightwear.

Despite being in a state of terror, the mum of three and grandma of eight, who is in her sixties, managed to reason with her attacker until his behaviour changed and he left.

He was later arrested and tried after denying the horrific offence on November 6 last year.

Yesterday at Teesside Crown Court, the 24-year-old, pictured inset, was given an indeterminate jail sentence for "public protection".

Speaking after the case, Mrs Collin told the Gazette how she managed to cope throughout the horrifying incident. "At first I thought I was having a nightmare," she said.

"When I realised it wasn't, the panic started to set in. I kept trying to talk myself out of the panic.

"I've got diabetes and arthritis in my spine and I can't sit up from lying down on my own, never mind with someone on top of me.

"The pressure on my chest could have killed me and I remember thinking, 'Am I going to end up dead?' I held on to my pyjamas and I managed to shift round and let my weight take the pair of us off the sofa on to the floor. Then I moved across and sat on the chair and he just sat on the sofa covering his face.

"I was thinking, is he remorseful or just trying to hide his identity? "My heart was going 50 to the dozen but I wanted to keep the situation as calm as possible. I said to him 'What would your family think of you doing something like this?'" Mrs Collin spoke to Stephenson for several minutes before he eventually left.

Later that day she identified him to police although she admits at first she had doubts about reporting the attack.

"I was worried about what my children would say and I didn't think the police would be able to find him," she said. …

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