An army vet who served in Afghanistan has bravely spoken out about her horrific sex attack at the hands of her ex Stephen Graham
‘I WAS BROKEN’ Army vet, 29, recalls how she was raped at knifepoint by her jealous ex in horrific nine-hour ordeal
A BRAVE army vet has described how she was raped and beaten at knifepoint by her jealous and controlling ex in an appalling nine-hour ordeal.
The woman waived her anonymity to speak out ahead of the Stephen Graham’s sentencing for rape and assault at the High Court in Edinburgh tomorrow.
Carin was repeatedly beaten, threatened with a knife and raped in a nine-hour ordeal
Carin, 29, who requested to withhold her surname, described the horrendous physical and sexual abuse she suffered at his hands and said he’d left her feeling “broken” and suicidal.
She first met Graham, from Fife, at high school before bumping into him years later after she returned from military service.
Carin fell for his charms before he began a terrifying campaign of abuse.
She said the couple’s first six weeks together were “perfect”.
Carin said she felt ‘broken’ after the attack
“In my head, it was the best relationship I’d ever been in. I thought I had found the one. We laughed all the time and we didn’t argue even once.
“But when I got my own flat, it started going downhill. He was so jealous and didn’t want me to have any male friends, even on social media.
Carin said: “I was in the army for seven years as a medic on the front line, saving lives in Afghanistan, twice.
“I’ve been through a lot and I’ve seen a lot but my mind was trained to deal with that.
“After this happened, I was broken. I was literally stripped to the bone. I had nothing left.
“If someone handed me a pill to end it all, I would have. I’ve been through hell but I survived.”
Carin eventually plucked up the courage to tell him she could not be in his life any more and walked away.
Stephen Graham is due to be sentenced tomorrow at the High Court in Edinburgh
She said: “When this all happened, I think I punished myself because I couldn’t help but think what had I done wrong that was making him act this way.
“Now I know more about narcissism and the way they work, I’ve learnt that it wasn’t my fault.
Carin said how Graham, 29, first turned violent in September 2017 when he grabbed her by the throat and threw her across the living room as she was getting ready for college.
She eventually managed to escape before calling the police who arrested him.
Despite being remanded in custody, his hold over his victim was still strong and Carin went to visit him in prison where he begged her for forgiveness.
Carin said: “He said he’d never hurt me again and he’d make it up to me. He was crying like a baby.
“I just kept remembering all the little love and affection he had shown me before. I still loved him which sounds daft now.”
Graham’s abuse continued from behind bars and Carin was bombarded with abusive voicemails and phone calls.
Carin was attacked after a night out with friends
When he was released in December 2017, the couple reunited briefly before Graham’s violent streak re-emerged just days later and they split.
In February 2018, she had enjoyed a night out with friends before she was attacked outside her flat and woke up, dazed and confused on the couch in Graham’s living room.
He then subjected her to a horrendous nine-hour ordeal where he kept her trapped, threatened her with a knife and beat her repeatedly before raping her.
She said: “I knew if he caught me trying to escape, he’d kill me. I could hear my heart beating. I don’t even remember shutting the door, I think I was in shock.”
Carin eventually managed to make it to her gran’s house before an ambulance and the police were called.
Graham was found guilty of assaulting and raping Carin following a trial at Livingston High Court and is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.
He was also convicted of two counts of threatening and abusive behaviour towards police officers at his flat and at Levenmouth Police Station in September last year.
His name was added to the sex offenders registered and details of his conviction were passed to the Scottish Minister under protection of vulnerable groups legislation.
Source By thesun.co.uk