Story in The Sun newspaper…
Elaine Saxon, a divorced mum of two, reveals her shocking injuries – after being raped and battered by a waiter when on holiday to Turkey…
When mum of two Elaine, 51, went on holiday to the sunny resort of Bodrum in Turkey with a friend and got chatting to a local waiter in a restaurant, she thought nothing of it.
A few nights later Elaine was out with her friend in the stunning resort of Bodrum when she lost sight of her friend. She saw the waiter and as she was feeling unwell from too much sun, he said he would help her look for her friend. As they couldn’t find her, he offered to walk Elaine back to the hotel so she would be ‘safe’. But as they walked back he suddenly grabbed Elaine in a headlock and threw her into some bushes. There she was brutally raped.
At the same time – and Elaine believes he was worried she would be able to identify him to Police – he grabbed a rock and began bashing her on her face with it. As she began to pass out she heard a taxi go down the road and stop – some people got out. She managed to scream. Luckily her cries attracted the attention of a woman, another British tourist, who’d just got out of a taxi. And she came over to investigate.
Elaine’s attacker ran off with his trousers still around his ankles. The Turkish police were called and Elaine, who was seriously injured and blacking out, was rushed to hospital. She believes had this couple not come down the road when they did, she would be dead.
Thankfully Elaine recovered enough to leave hospital and fly home and her attacker was caught. But when she got back to the UK the enormity of what had happened sank in. Her face was still in a shocking condition, covered in bruises, and she was too frightened to venture out of her home.
She felt even worse when she found out the waiter had pleaded not guilty as that meant a trial.
Fortunately a few months later the evidence was clearly so overwhelming he changed his plea.
The waiter, aged around 23, has since appeared in a Turkish court and a year later, in September 2013, pleaded guilty to rape and battery. He was jailed for five years for the rape and 20 months for the assault.
Elaine had adored Bodrum – it was a place she’d holidayed in for years. But now she feels too terrified to return to the resort she once loved.
A divorcee, she wants to warn anyone going to Turkey this year – there was a spate of rapes along the coast of Turkey last year involving British women – to be aware of what happened to her. And she hopes telling her story will raise that awareness.
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