Rape victim’s courage praised as attacker is convicted

A woman who was subjected to a violent sexual assault in Southend has been praised for her courage after her attacker was convicted.

Malcolm Mason was found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault by penetration, and one count of ABH today (Thursday July 29), following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.

Mason, going by the name ‘Peter’, had arranged to meet the victim in the Wimborne Road area of Southend on the night of January 12 last year.

When inside an address there, he turned on the victim, threatening her with a pair of scissors, telling her to take off her clothes, before assaulting her and tying her up.

He then raped her.

She was left with injuries to her face including a black eye, a bloody nose, and had lost a tooth.

Mason then made her leave the property, forcing her to put her coat over her head so she could not see where she was.

The victim met a friend and police were called.

Mason, 50, of Wimborne Road, Southend was arrested on January 14 and later charged.

He denied the charges but was convicted by a jury. He is due to be sentenced on August 27.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Anna Brown, from the Adult Sexual Assault Investigation Team, said: “I want to praise the courage of the victim in this case.

“She was subjected to a horrifying ordeal and made to fear for her life and has show extreme bravery in coming forward.

“She has shown such resilience through what has been a very tough time. She is an incredible lady.

“Malcolm Mason is an extreme danger to society. The level of violence he inflicted, and fear he instilled, is terrifying.

“He now faces a significant amount of time behind bars and woman across Essex are safer for it.”

Mick Ferris

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