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Rape victim hopes Lloyd Phillips dies so he can’t hurt anyone else
9:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Crime
“HE is a vile human being and I hope he dies in prison so he cannot hurt anyone else”.
That is the view of Lloyd Phillip’s victim, who to this day does not know the full extent of what he subjected her to as she lay unconscious in a hotel room.
The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, suffered long-term medical problems as a result of what he did to her on the night of December 16, 2011.
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But that is only part of the trauma she has suffered. The psychological damage left her enduring nightmares and vivid dreams in the immediate aftermath, which returned time and again as she went through the agony of giving evidence in both his original trial and a later retrial, which ultimately led her to collapse in court.
Today, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, the woman relived her ordeal as she backed a call from police for other victims of Phillips to come forward.
She said: “He picked me up from home that day and we set off in his car. We got onto the M3 and the last thing I remember was the sign for the A34.
“I started to come round the following morning and had no idea what had happened. I remember feeling contorted, like I was on a boat. I could barely walk.
Everywhere, including all the bedding, was covered in blood.”
She recalled how she felt “sick and confused” as she sat in the passenger seat of his car and he told her some of what she had supposedly agreed to in bed the previous night – but she couldn’t remember a thing.
“I was stunned because he was saying that he was glad I didn’t feel weird about what had happened – he actually said to me: ‘Sometimes girls might cry rape’.”
Her arms blackened and heavily bruised and with injuries too horrific to speak of she was dropped home.
She continued: “I remember feeling absolutely rotten. What had happened didn’t really hit me until about five days later. My head was still swimming from the aftereffect of what he had given me.
“I just felt like it was my fault, that I was stupid to have let myself get into that situation. I blamed myself. Not knowing exactly what had happened to me made that all worse.”
It was the following day when, feeling particularly unwell, she went to hospital in Southampton, walked into the emergency department and promptly broke down as she begged for help and told doctors she didn’t know what had happened to her. They called in police. But it was several days later when she finally plucked up the courage to give a statement.
Phillips was arrested and charged within a matter of hours.
Speaking of the ordeal of giving evidence, she continued: “Whenever I’ve had to think about it, it has made me sick. I have been reliving this for 20 months.”
But while she is determined not to let Phillips ruin her life, what he did to her has had a lasting impact.
“I still do not know the full extent of what he did to me and what happened on that night. I used to be a very trusting person who would see the good in everyone, now I find it hard. I almost became a recluse and now struggle to form any friendships.
“I was just lucky that I had the people I did to help me through it and to give me a new focus, especially my Mum.”
The woman said she firmly believes she is not the only victim of Phillips, who had bragged about relationships and encounters with other young women.
Urging them to find the courage to come forward and speak to police, she said: “I would urge anyone in my situation to be brave, come forward and speak out. I didn’t do it just for me, but for other girls who have not been able to find that courage yet.
“I have some measure of justice, although no sentence will ever be enough for what he did to me. He is a very dangerous, clever and manipulative person who will twist anything to get his own way – a vile human being. My hope now is that he dies so he cannot hurt anyone else.”
The victim would also like to thank the police for all their help and support.