Brave rape victim speaks out to encourage other victims to report to police
06 Apr | 16:15

A brave victim of a vile rapist has spoken out about her horrific ordeal to encourage other victims who may be suffering in silence to come forward.

Predator Mark Newton has been jailed for more than 14 years after the brute subjected two women to sexual assaults and physical violence.


One of his victims - who has life-long anonymity - has opened up about her traumatic experience but hopes it will urge other victims of rape to report to police.


Speaking about the incident which left her fearing for her life she said: "He grabbed a kitchen knife and walked up to me and said 'right, are you ready to die today?'


"He dragged me upstairs and took me into a bedroom. He was telling me how disgusting I was and how he was going to kill me.

"I was fearing for my life. I was terrified. There was a chance he could kill me."


"I felt so trapped. I couldn't escape. I thought I was going to die."

The victim vowed she was never going to tell anyone about the incident in December 2018 but six months later she plucked up the courage to tell the police - and she is urging other victims to come forward to ensure justice is served.

She said: "It's never too late to speak out. No one deserves to have go to through what I have.


"You don't want people to look at you different and you worry if people will believe you.


"But if anyone is in a similar situation, I would tell them to come forward.


"It's scary and it's hard to tell people you have been raped.


"But there are good police out there who will listen. I can't thank them enough for all their help."


Northumbria Police Detective Constable Victoria Threadgold, who led the investigation into the incident which occurred in the Northumbria Police area, has praised the bravery of the rape victim in speaking out to help others.


She said: "This man has preyed on his victims for his own sexual gratification. They have bravely spoken out against him and now Newton is behind bars where he belongs.


"The rape victim in this case has been so strong and courageous - I don't think I've met anyone so determined.


"To have been through such an horrendous experience and now she is trying to help other people and encourage others to report I think is really good."


Newton, 29, of South View Gardens, Annfield Plain, County Durham, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm against one woman. He also admitted controlling and coercive behaviour, assault by penetration and threats to kill against another.


Newton was sentenced to 14 years and three months behind bars, with an extended licence period of five years, at a hearing on March 27.

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