Southend: Victim praised after man convicted of violent sexual assault
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A woman who was subjected to a violent sexual assault has been praised for her courage after her attacker was convicted following work by specialist detectives.
Malcolm Mason was found guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault by penetration, and one count of ABH today (Thursday 29 July), 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 12 January last year.
When inside an address there, Mason turned on the victim, threatening her with a pair of scissors, telling her to take off her clothes, before then assaulting her and tying her up.
He then raped her.
She was left with injuries to her face include 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 we were called.
Mason, 50, of Wimborne Road, Southend was arrested on 14 January and later charged.
He denied the charges but was convicted by a jury. He's due to be sentenced on 27 August.
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.”