Mother's horror at double rape

IN the second part of the Evening Star's investigation into Selwyn Duberry's sickening paedophilia, Crime Reporter Tracey Sparling tells of a mother's horror when she discovered her daughter was one of the girls he raped.

IN the second part of the Evening Star's investigation into Selwyn Duberry's sickening paedophilia, Crime Reporter Tracey Sparling tells of a mother's horror when she discovered her daughter was one of the girls he raped.

The family are now leaving the county to start a new life.

A TERRIFIED teenager fled the arms of her rapist after he struck not once but twice.

Selwyn Duberry admitted raping two teenage virgins aged under 16 this week – attacking one girl twice although the charges were only specimen counts – and was jailed for six years.

Duberry, 38, of Poppy Close, Ipswich, is the brother of jailed Damian Duberry, who was one of two men convicted of killing Stoke Park barmaid Janet Fleming in December 2000.

The mother of one of his rape victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, today spoke of her family's shock and struggle to come to terms with the trauma.

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She told how the sickening act had preyed on the young girl's mind until she could keep it to herself no longer.

"She wrote a letter to a friend, then left it for me to find, on the table when she went off to school. I was shocked and disgusted. It was beyond belief."

She said the girl had been forgetful and absent-minded for months, to the point where she had to constantly check her daughter had taken all she needed to school.

But now her inner turmoil explains the actions which caused her mum to worry she might have a problem like a learning disability.

Her mum said: said: "I found the letter when I went to see if she'd taken her PE kit to school. I know she meant me to see it too. Then she went to a friend's house, and said she didn't know what else to do.

"I feel so ashamed as a mum, despite people telling me not to blame myself. I've given my daughter a privileged life, and she is so loved. She's a stable kid. She's never played outside, only in the house, and I never farmed her out to neighbours or friends.

"But I didn't protect my daughter from this man. I will never let her be alone with an adult again."

Then Duberry evaded the police for a year after the allegations were first made.

During those months, the mum lived in darkness with curtains closed as he sat outside her house on many occasions.

She praised the police and doesn't blame them for not being able to trace him, adding: "I couldn't find him myself. He had gone undercover, and was very clever in staying elusive."

She laughed bitterly: "I had a drink problem for about a month. My friends were brilliant."

She was full of praise for police officer Tonya Antonis.

Duberry pleaded guilty at court, which spared his victims having to give evidence by video-link.

Now the mum and her daughter are closing the book on this chapter in their life, and are leaving the county to make a new start.

She said: "We're not running away, but there are so many ghosts in this place. We can't go anywhere in Ipswich without running into members of his family.

"I don't know how much of my life I can salvage, but I'm going to try. We need a fresh start somewhere else."

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