Rosemarie bravely waives right to anonymity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Liam Nor­cliffe liam.nor­cliffe@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @peterboroughtel

A woman has waved her right to anonymity to speak out about how she suf­fered phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse at the hands of her own brother.

‘Evil beast’ John Wass, 69, of Em­met Field Close, Ch­ester­field, was found guilty of 17 counts, in­clud­ing rape, sex­ual assault and sex­ual ex­po­sure against three vic­tims – in­clud­ing his own sis­ter – dat­ing back to the 1960s. He has been jailed for life.

Rosemarie Smith, 59, who lives in Peter­bor­ough has waived her right to anonymity and said: “I will never for­give him for tak­ing away my life and de­stroy­ing me as a child.”

Rosemarie suf­fered hor­rific sex­ual and phys­i­cal abuse from Wass when she was aged four. She was taken into care with her sib­lings af­ter their par­ents split up and aban­doned them. And even on the night she was taken into care, aged nine, Wass abused her.

Ros­marie said Wass would ‘haunt’ her and would track her down wher­ever she went. She said she suf­fered a phys­i­cal break­down which lasted 10 years. Rosemarie also pub­lished two books about her abuse be­fore Wass was ar­rested and sen­tenced and is now work­ing on her third book.

“None of my fam­ily would come for­ward as wit­nesses be­cause ev­ery­one was scared of him,” Rosemarie said.

“He was a big man of our fam­ily. He was a beast, evil.”

She also said she was con­tacted by some of her fam­ily mem­bers who ques­tioned why she would give ev­i­dence against her own brother.

“At first I felt guilty – but I have had a life sen­tence. But they can­not see it,” Rosemarie said.

The case went to court af­ter an­other vic­tim of Wass’ ter­ror re­ported him.

Rosemarie Smith

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