Pensioner tells of sex attack

A PENSIONER described how she awoke to find a man had crept into her home and was sexually assaulting her.

The woman in her 60s told the court how she thought she was having a nightmare when she woke up during the horror attack.

She had been asleep on her couch in the living room of her home when the intruder crept inside in the early hours.

The alleged victim described how the young man removed some of her clothing and was indecently assaulting her.

The alleged attacker also tried to kiss her several times.

Hartlepool man Wayne Stephenson, 24, is accused of carrying out the frightening attack and is standing trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Describing the incident, the woman who cannot be named, said: “At first I thought it was a nightmare, then I realised after 20 or 30 seconds that it wasn’t.

“I was saying ‘who are you, what’s going on’. I was pinned down by the weight of him. I remember thinking how am I going to get out of this, what’s going to be the end.”

The woman said she managed to wriggle onto the floor and saw his face for the first time.

She told police the man who attacked her was Stephenson and she picked him out in an identity parade.

She said her attacker left after another man knocked on her window and asked if his friend was inside.

It is thought the intruder got into the woman’s house through an unsecure patio door.

Stephenson told police he had been out drinking that night until 1.30am and was in bed at the time of the attack around 6am.

Lorraine Mustard, defending, suggested the alleged victim had made an honest mistake in identifying Stephenson.

Miss Mustard said: “Wayne Stephenson and the male that was in your house weren’t the same male, would you agree?”

But the pensioner replied: “No.”

Stephenson, of Grange Road, Hartlepool, denies tresspass with intent to commit a sexual offence and sexual assault.

The trial continues.