Mark Willis, 39 år gammal, tog sig vatten över huvudet när han ställde in siktet på den engelska kampsportsutövande kvinnan i Cheltenham. Han slog kvinnan upprepade gånger i ansiktet innan han slängde henne över ett staket och hamnade då på en gräsmatta i en trädgård där han la sig ovanpå henne.
Kvinnan hade dock under flera års tid tränat kickboxning och vände snabbt på situationen, då hon först försökte bryta mannens arm. När det misslyckades lyckades hon istället få in ett triangellås och tog i så mycket att mannen blev medvetslös.
Här berättar hon om sin historia, via ”Telegraph”:
I swore at him. I think I said something like ’go f— yourself.’ He hit me again in the face. He was grabbing at my clothing. The intention is to send the elbow in the wrong direction and cause extreme pain or a break. I was not able to do that. I think he figured out what I was trying to do because he managed to wriggle free and he hit me again repeatedly in the face.
I was stunned for a moment. Again I could feel him grabbing between my legs and pulling at my clothes. My legs were still free so I lifted my left leg up onto his shoulder and around the back of his neck. I crossed my right leg over and squeezed together as hard as I could.
He seemed to struggle for air – which was the point! His head was locked down. He lifted his right hand and literally pounded as hard as he could on the side of my face.
I closed my eyes and held it for as long as I could hoping he would pass out in a few seconds. Then I felt his body go limp. I thought he had lost consciousness or run out of air. I flipped him off, rolled over and crawled through the bushes to the door of the house. I could hear footsteps as he ran away and then a car starting.
I feel relieved it is all over and that he has been convicted. I was stunned by the judge giving me a reward – I didn’t do it for any kind of recognition or reward because my motivation was just survival at the time but I appreciate it – it is very flattering and very humbling.
Det här hade domaren att säga om händelsen:
He bit off slightly more than he could chew with this young lady. Not everyone could do what she did and not everyone could even sensibly try to do what she did.
But I have no doubt whatever that if she had not done what she did she would have suffered a considerably graver ordeal than she did – and the defendant would be facing a more serious charge than the one you have convicted him of.
She deserves everyone’s commendation for the way she has dealt with this and she certainly gets the highest commendation from me.
I am going to ask the High Sheriff to pay her a reward of £500 because I think she has to be singled out in some modest way by the court. Five hundred pounds is a tiny token of the court’s appreciation of what she has done to bring about the apprehension of Mr Willis. It is just a mark of the court’s gratitude.