‘I feel justice has been done’ – model who survived brutal rape

Cheryl Maddison
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RAPE victim Cheryl Maddison told today how she felt justice had been done after her attacker was jailed for 23 years.

Morroccan waiter Mohamed Fadel el Anssari was handed the sentence by a Spanish judge yesterday for the 2008 attack on the model.

A judge branded him “evil” for the assault on the holiday resort of Magaluf, which happened just six days after she left Wearside for a new life abroad.

This morning the 25-year-old, of Houghton, appeared on ITV’s Daybreak programme where she told of her fight for justice.

She said of the sentence: “It’s amazing, I’m really really, happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better or longer sentence, 23 years is quite a long sentence and I feel like justice has been done.”

The 25-year-old, from Houghton, who waived her right to anonymity, travelled back to Spain last month to see Fadel in court.

She told TV host Lorraine Kelly: “If I had to do it all over again I would because I needed justice to be done and without being there it wouldn’t have.”

She also told how she needed to get “back to her old self” after her ordeal and revealed the moment she was told Fadel was eventually caught.

She said: “I got the email and stopped breathing for a second. Couldn’t believe it. I had got use to the fact he wasn’t going to get caught. When got the email it was such a shock.”