Sex at­tack heard on mo­bile call

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A WIFE over­heard her hus­band rap­ing his new girl­friend when his mo­bile phone accidentally called her.

Matthew Stacey, 42, ( be­low) is start­ing a six-year jail term af­ter be­ing found guilty of car­ry­ing out the at­tack on Vit­to­ria Di Franco, 34, of Ip­swich, Suf­folk, who has waived her right to anonymity.

The car sales­man abused Miss Di Franco and duped her into believ­ing he was sin­gle when they started dat­ing – even though he was still mar­ried.

Miss Di Franco – who wants to en­cour­age other rape vic­tims to come for­ward – said: “I lived in fear. I was scared. When he lived with me my en­tire life re­volved around his needs.

“By telling my story I want other women to come for­ward and stand up to abuse.”

She said he would come home so drunk he could barely stand up, adding: “He was re­ally abu­sive but he was drunk half the time.

“He was very ex­treme. I went on hol­i­day once with my mum. When I came back home he had chucked ev­ery­thing of mine out.

Stacey’s es­tranged wife heard him rap­ing his new part­ner when the speed dial on his phone was un­wit­tingly set off dur­ing the at­tack, Ip­swich Crown Court heard.

He also raped her in 2010 af­ter a row broke out over his mo­bile. He lost his tem­per and she fell on the bed with his mo­bile be­neath her. Miss Di Franco shouted at crazed Stacey to stop, but he raped her.

When he fin­ished he re­trieved the phone from the bed and at that stage he re­alised the phone had di­alled some­one and the call had con­nected with his es­tranged wife.

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