Chigwell: Rape victim thanks police after attacker jailed
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A woman who survived a horrific and sustained attack, in which she was raped and tortured, has said a heartfelt thanks to the police officer who rescued her in the street and the detectives who brought her attacker to justice.
Yesterday, her attacker, 45-year-old Daniel Machon of Trotwood, Chigwell is now starting a 12 year sentence behind bars thanks to the victim’s bravery and the determination of detectives to bring him to justice.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the attack began on the evening of July 10 2020.
Machon subjected his victim to a horrific ordeal lasting several hours in which he repeatedly raped her, burnt her, repeatedly punched and kicked her to the face, held a knife to her throat, choked her to the point of unconsciousness and kneed her to the face.
Machon also took gloating selfies posing with his victim as she lay suffering severe injuries which he then sent on to a third party.
Despite her horrific injuries, the victim bravely managed to call 999 when her attacker briefly left her alone.
When officers arrived, the victim managed to run out into the street where one of our officers, PC Christopher Simpson, took her to safety.
Machon was arrested and charged with rape and seven counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, making threats to kill and witness intimidation.
Following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, jurors found him guilty of all offences except for making threats to kill and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Machon returned to the court for sentence today (Thursday 5 August) where he was handed down a 12 year sentence and a further three years on extended licence.
Speaking after the sentencing, the brave victim paid tribute to PC Simpson and the team of detectives from Harlow – including investigating officer Det Con Jonathan Trevallion, Det Sgt Sam Bailey and Detective Constables Sarah Faircloth, Russell Cutchey and Craig Davey.
“Firstly, I can’t describe the horror I went through at the hands of a monster. I just hope that no one ever has to experience the same pain and humiliation that I went through.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to the detectives who dealt with my case. Their hard work and determination throughout led to a rightful conviction.
"I can’t say thank you enough for their kind words throughout the ordeal, for the time and effort they all put in to help things run smoothly for me and for always taking the time to keep me updated on the case and for checking on my wellbeing.
“Lastly, I would like to thank the first officer I saw after escaping. His actions saved my life and he showed such bravery and compassion.”
Following the sentencing Det Sgt Bailey, speaking on behalf of his team at Harlow, said:
“My team and I are all seasoned detectives, but this case was the most harrowing any of us have ever had to deal with.
“We would like to pay tribute to victim who showed bravery and courage in supporting this prosecution and standing up in court to tell the jury about the horrific ordeal she went through.
“Her bravery made us even more determined to do all we could to support her through our investigation and to put Machon behind bars where he belongs.”