‘Sexual sadist’ threatened to kill pregnant partner if she didn’t perform sex act on Rottweiler

Sex offender Sean Johnstone from Hartlepool leaves Teesside Crown Court.
Sex offender Sean Johnstone from Hartlepool leaves Teesside Crown Court.

“IT was like spending two years in a horror film.”

Raped and beaten as the attack was streamed live on the internet by ‘sexually depraved’ Hartlepool rapist Sean Johnstone, one of his victims has spoken publicly of her ordeal for the first time.

Samantha Miller, a victim of convicted rapist  Sean Johnstone

Samantha Miller, a victim of convicted rapist Sean Johnstone

Samantha Miller, 35, has waived her right to anonymity to speak to the Mail in the hope of encouraging other victims to escape violent relationships.

Two years ago, Sam saw her abuser locked up for 17-and-a-half years after a jury at Teesside Crown Court returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all 27 counts.

The charges included rapes, indecent assaults, and possessing hundreds of images of child pornography and extreme pornography featuring animals.

After being jailed, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton said Johnstone had a ‘deeply unhealthy interest in sexual depravity’.

Sam had a knife held to her throat as Johnstone threatened to kill her unless she performed a sex act on his Rottweiler dog and punched her in the stomach while she was pregnant with his child.

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The former care worker moved to the North East from Chelmsford, in Essex, in 2002.

Sam began her relationship with Johnstone in 2006, and he soon started to control her life. He threw out her make-up and would dictate what clothes she wore.

It started with physical abuse. Then he started raping her in her sleep. “I would wake up with him on top of me,” Sam said.

Johnstone, 43, kept a room with mattresses on the floor as a kind of sex den, where he would film the abuse and stream it live on webcam.

“The laptop was on in front of me and he said people were watching, that it was connected to a seedy chat room.

“I was pregnant at the time. He punched me in the stomach, then he raped me.”

It has left Sam paranoid when men look at her. “If someone says ‘I’m sure I recognise you from somewhere’, I think ‘have they seen me being raped? Is that where they recognise me from. I’m constantly paranoid.

“He was trying to get me to do things with his Rottweiler. He brought it into the bedroom. He was trying to get me to have sex with the dog, while I was pregnant.

“He held a knife to my throat. He told me that if I didn’t, he would kill me. He hit me with his callipers.

“I was too scared to go to sleep at night,” Sam said. “I was too scared to be awake. I had to do exactly what he said.

“Many times I went without a meal. He stubbed out cigarettes on me. He had knives and screwdrivers all over the house, he would hit me with heavy ornaments, throw buckets of wee over me.

“I wasn’t allowed to go out I was rarely allowed to hold my child. I got a hiding if I answered him back. He would say I’m going to kill you and kill that baby.

“I can’t remember how many times I was raped by him.

“Every day, in the end, I was being abused. It was continuous, day and night. I was walking on egg shells, constantly.”

During her time with Johnstone, they moved around a lot, living in Hartlepool, then Easington Colliery, before ending up at Blackhall Rocks, from where Sam finally managed to escape.

She grabbed her six-month-old daughter along with her changing bag and just £2, and she managed to get a bus to Peterlee Police Station.

Having left the house a week before Christmas, 2008, Sam then spent 18 months in women’s refuges.

Police told her there was insufficient evidence to prosecute, but two years later Johnstone’s second victim came forward and they corroborated each other’s stories, and finally, justice was served.

“He was convicted of every charge. It was unanimous, by every member of that jury. When they read out the first guilty verdict I started shaking. When they got to count 27 I burst into tears. I went back for the sentencing the next day, they took him past me in his wheelchair. I said ‘who’s in control now?’”

Sam, who lives in Washington with her six-year-old daughter, has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and her arms are covered in scars where she has self-harmed.

“I still see him every night and every day, coming at me with a knife,” she said. “Sometimes if something touches my head I feel him grabbing my hair. I have nightmares.

“I believe he is the devil. He is not just a criminal. It was like he was possessed.

“My life has been taken. I may be alive but because of what’s happened, I’m not me anymore. I want to stop that happening to other people –there is a way out.”

Sam is planning to change her name and move out of the area with her daughter, before Johnstone, formerly of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, is released from jail.

“He is going to come for us and I know he is,” she said. “He told me if I ever left him, he would find me and he would kill me. He still controls my life. My life, to this day, is controlled.”