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A woman who was subjected to a violent sexual assault has thanked police after her attacker was jailed for 17 years.
Malcolm Mason attacked the victim inside an address in Wimborne Road, Southend, on January 12 last year, having arranged to meet her using a false name.
When inside the address he threatened her with a pair of scissors, forced her to take off her clothes, assaulted her, gagged her and tied her up before raping her.
The attack left her with a bloody nose, a black eye and she also lost three teeth.
Mason, 50, of Wimborne Road, Southend, then made her leave the property, forcing her to put her coat over her head so she could not see where she was.
At Basildon Crown Court on July 29 he was convicted of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault by penetration and ABH.
At the same court today (Thursday September 2), he was jailed for 17 years with a further five on licence
The victim, who is remaining anonymous, said: “This attack left me feeling petrified, scared, and frightened to be in the company of anyone I don’t know, especially men.
“I was unrecognisable after the attack. I had three of my teeth knocked out and I am very conscious of this. It’s a constant reminder of what happened.
“I was nervous about going to the police because my attacker had threatened me. I was very embarrassed, and I felt the police wouldn’t believe me, but I can’t praise them enough.
“They gave me support and empathy and spent time putting me at ease during interviews, explaining procedures going forward and referring me to services to help me recover.
“I can’t thank them enough.
“I want to make a personal thank you to DS Anna Brown, and also to OM Simon Overland , PC Judy Yuen, PSI Paula Slade, and the team for their dedicated hard work and time with my case.”
She also urged other people who’ve been sexually assaulted to report what happened to them to the police: “The police are there to help and guide you through the process.
“Don’t be frightened, embarrassed or ashamed. By you speaking out we can help other people get justice.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what happened to me.
“It was horrific, I thought I was going to die.
“Knowing this man is behind bars I can move on with my life and know that he cannot hurt anyone else. I am over the moon with the sentence he has been given”
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Anna Brown, from the Adult Sexual Assault Investigation Team, said: “The victim in the case has shown incredible bravery in the face of what was a terrifying ordeal.
“She was made to fear for her life but has shown a huge amount of resilience through what has been an unimaginable time for her.
“She has trusted in us to get her justice and I am delighted we’ve been able to deliver that for her.
“She is an incredible lady and I hope this result will help her move forward.
“Malcolm Mason is a violent, dangerous man who poses an extreme danger to society.
“He is now behind bars and Southend is a safer place for it.”