Violent rapist jailed after hour-long assault on girl out working in County Durham park

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A rapist will spend nearly twenty years in jail for attacking a lady whereas she was out working in Spennymoor.

Predator James Thomas Mason, 21, preyed upon his sufferer in County Durham on October 22 final 12 months earlier than kidnapping her, dragging her into close by Jubilee Park, punching her within the face and making threats to kill her earlier than subjecting the lady to an assault lasting an hour.

The girl managed to flee and search assist from a groundskeeper whereas coward Mason fled the scene. He was discovered by officers on South Street, Durham, later that day and arrested.

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Mason, of no mounted tackle, was charged with 4 counts of rape, assault occasioning precise bodily hurt (ABH), making threats to kill, and kidnap. He finally admitted the fees having initially pleaded not responsible to a few counts of rape.

In a sufferer assertion, the lady described how Mason’s actions will keep along with her for all times, saying: “Within the time since I used to be attacked, I consistently fear about family members going out in public.

“I nonetheless can’t exit working in public – I’ve considered it however really feel that I’m not prepared. If I take into consideration going working it makes me really feel anxious and the ideas of being attacked come into my head.

“I’ve heard individuals say: ‘You shouldn’t exit working or don’t exit working after darkish’. They only don’t respect that it’s not what I used to be doing – he brutally attacked and raped me, subsequently he’s the one within the flawed, not me.”

She added: “I do know he has now entered responsible pleas. Nonetheless, I don’t really feel that any sentence he’s given by the court docket will be sufficient. For him it’s simply time, I’ve to reside with this for the remainder of my life.

“I’ll at all times be a rape sufferer and must reside with the trauma and points that include this. I settle for that he’ll at all times be a rapist, however he doesn’t have the psychological points that I’ve in consequence.

“He won’t ever stroll in a darkish space and fear about what may occur to him; he won’t ever fear who’s strolling behind him when he’s out in public; and he won’t ever worry that any stranger might be a possible attacker. These are all fears I’ve with me consistently.”

Mason appeared at Durham Crown Courtroom on January 20 the place he was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years behind bars with an prolonged licence interval of six years. He might be on the intercourse offenders’ register for all times.

Detectives who investigated the case praised the sufferer’s bravery for coming ahead and all through the justice course of which adopted.,

Detective sergeant Stuart Chaney, of Durham Constabulary, mentioned: “This was a very stunning and abhorrent incident. the degrees of sexual violence utilized by Mason towards an harmless girl had been among the worst I’ve seen throughout my 20-year profession as a police officer. Mason is a vile particular person who must be totally ashamed of his actions.

“Fortunately, he was situated shortly by officers who introduced him off the streets and into police custody, the place he couldn’t hurt anybody else.

“I want to commend the lady for her unbelievable bravery following this incident. She has proven nice fortitude all through the prison justice course of in being ready to face up and provides proof towards her attacker. I hope at present’s end result brings her some closure and permits her to maneuver ahead along with her life.”

Det Sgt Chaney urged anybody who has skilled sexual abuse to report it to police by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

“We take all investigations into rape and sexual assault very severely and can help you each step of the best way,” he mentioned. “If you happen to don’t need to discuss to the police, you’ll be able to nonetheless entry assist by The Meadows sexual assault referral centre.”

The Meadows will be reached on 0333 448 283 or through their web site at

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