Brave rape victim, 86, vows to get on with her life

A BRAVE great-grandmother has vowed to get on with her life after suffering at the hands of a cruel stranger who beat her and raped her at knife-point.

The woman, now 86, said she was pleased Frederick Raymond Mitchell, now 20, was sentenced to 13 years jail over the terrifying attack which occurred in the woman's Oakey home on November 3, 2011.

"I'm glad he's bloody locked up so he can't do these things to other girls," the woman said.

Mitchell was 19, drunk, and recently released from prison when he confronted the great-grandmother at her home where she lived alone.

She challenged him to leave but he returned a short time later - telling the elderly widow "I'm going to rape you".

The ordeal lasted about 90 minutes during which Mitchell held a knife to the woman's throat, punched and slapped her in the face, and bit her on each shoulder and her breast.

After he raped her, Mitchell went into the woman's kitchen and made himself a meal. He also stole $150 from her purse.

"He was so damned awful," the woman said.

"I asked him 'would you do this to your own grandmother' and he said 'yes, I would'.

"So I told him 'you're the worst mongrel I've ever come across'."

The great-grandmother said she was determined not to let the incident ruin her life.

"I'm going really good," she said.

"I don't think about it anymore.

"I live by myself still, do my own housework and shopping and live the same way I always have."

The woman has lived alone for 45 years, since her husband died in 1968.

"I've been by myself nearly all my life," she said.

"But my daughter and son-in-law live three doors down, so they help me."

The woman chose not to attend any of Mitchell's court appearances or his sentencing in the Toowoomba District Court on Tuesday.

"It would have brought it all up again. I'd rather live my life," she said.

The woman said she had always been a fighter and escaped an attempted rape when she was 18.

At the time, the woman worked late shift in a cafe and arrived home at 1am to find her sister had brought four men home.

Two of the men confronted her.

"They tried to rape me but I got out of that," she said.

"I put two of them in hospital, by doing things I probably shouldn't have, like kicking them in the groin.

"I put up a good fight."

Mitchell must serve at least 80% of his jail sentence behind bars.



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