A woman testified in court recently about the ordeal she went through when a 39-year-old man attacked her in Cheltenham, England, last year.
Mark Willis, who was convicted of sexual assault at Gloucester Crown Court, pounced on the woman early one morning last August as she walked home. He allegedly pushed her over a wall into a garden and tried to pull down her shorts.
“Be quiet and do as I tell you and you won't get hurt,” Willis told her, according to the woman’s testimony in court as reported by Mirror.
“I think I said something like, 'Go f*** yourself,'” she went on. “He hit me again in the face. He was grabbing at my clothing.”
The woman began fighting back, trying to apply an armlock on Willis.
“The intention is to send the elbow in the wrong direction and cause extreme pain or a break,” the woman said. “I was not able to do that. I think he figured out what I was trying to do because he managed to wriggle free and he hit me again repeatedly in the face.
“I was stunned for a moment. Again I could feel him grabbing between my legs and pulling at my clothes. My legs were still free, so I lifted my left leg up onto his shoulder and around the back of his neck. I crossed my right leg over and squeezed together as hard as I could. He seemed to struggle for air - which was the point! His head was locked down.
“He lifted his right hand and literally pounded as hard as he could on the side of my face. I closed my eyes and held it for as long as I could, hoping he would pass out in a few seconds. Then I felt his body go limp.
“I thought he had lost consciousness or run out of air. I flipped him off, rolled over and crawled through the bushes to the door of the house. I could hear footsteps as he ran away and then a car starting."
After his DNA was found on the woman’s shorts and the woman identified him in a procedure, Willis acknowledged in court that he had assaulted the woman.
But he claimed he had not intended to rape her. Instead, he argued that he had confronted her after he noticed her taking a picture of him urinating in a driveway.
The jury rejected his version of events.
The judge has requested a psychiatric report on Willis and will sentence him at a later date.
In 2011, Willis was jailed for punching a man to the ground and then dragging his girlfriend away toward his van.
"He bit off slightly more than he could chew with this young lady," the judge said of last year's incident. "Not everyone could do what she did and not everyone could even sensibly try to do what she did."
"I feel relieved it is all over and that he has been convicted," the woman said.
"I'm glad I was able to bring this man to justice," she added. "He is dangerous and I would not like him to do the same to other women."