‘Preda­tory babysit­ter forced me to play sick sex games when I was just 15’

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ABRAVE young woman has told of her night­mare be­ing forced to take part in sex games by a preda­tory babysit­ter.

Chef Deb­o­rah Evans abused the trust of 15-year-old Katrina Holmes’ fam­ily when she babysat for nights out.

In­no­cent Katrina was forced to act out the woman’s sex­ual fan­tasies in pri­vate – but kept a se­cret di­ary of her sex­ual abuse.

Evans told her “You are gay and you will al­ways be gay”, de­spite the young girl only be­ing in­ter­ested in boys.

Katrina, now 34, told of her sex or­deal after Evans, 46, was jailed for seven years after a court heard her di­ary of the sex at­tacks.

The pair first met when Katrina was just seven and Evans, then 19, started babysit­ting her when her dad went to the pub.

Katrina, from Cardiff, said: “I re­ally liked her – she al­ways had a can of lager in her hand and would get pretty tipsy.

“But she was mis­chievous and fun. My own mum lived hun­dreds of miles away so I re­ally looked up to Deb­o­rah and felt safe with her.”

Evans be­came a fam­ily friend, but her at­ti­tude to­wards Katrina changed after the girl turned 15, lead­ing to the woman mak­ing a pass at the teenager dur­ing a sleepover.

Katrina said: “She stayed over our house in my bed­room – with two sin­gle beds.

“She said ‘kiss me’. I re­mem­ber her open­ing her mouth as her lips tried to close onto mine.

“I froze and pulled away from her. ‘What are you do­ing?’ I said, try­ing to laugh it off.

“She was 27 and I was 15. I wanted her to care about me but I felt more afraid than safe when she was around.

“I wanted us to be close – more like a parental fig­ure – not in this way.”

Evans be­came “con­trol­ling and bossy”, and even called Katrina’s school to say if there were any prob­lems they were to call her.

But things es­ca­lated even fur­ther when Evans be­gan forc­ing the girl to take part in sex games at her flat.

Katrina said: “One even­ing when she stayed over at Dad’s house she tried to make me per­form a sex act on her. It was re­pul­sive.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to’. But she car­ried on and ig­nored me.

“I felt pow­er­less and afraid. Maybe I wasn’t a tiny child but she had so much con­trol over me.

“In­side I was cry­ing – this woman who I looked up to and loved was now abus­ing me.

“She seemed to get a thrill out of the fan­tasy of be­ing caught.

“One morn­ing I was iron­ing my school uni­form and Deb­o­rah walked into the room.

“She said to me, ‘You are gay’. But I an­swered, “I’m not gay”.

“She gripped me hard. ‘You are gay and you will al­ways be gay’, she said ag­gres­sively.”

The abuse, which went on for five months, was even­tu­ally re­ported to po­lice 12 years later, with Katrina us­ing di­ary en­tries she made as a girl as ev­i­dence.

Evans, who at the time owned cater­ing firm Cardiff Cui­sine Cater­ing with her girl­friend, was charged with 11 counts of in­de­cent as­sault.

The 46-year-old de­nied the at­tacks ever took place dur­ing a trial at Cardiff Crown Court in Fe­bru­ary this year but was even­tu­ally found guilty and jailed for seven years.

Katrina, who gave ev­i­dence in court and has bravely waived her le­gal right to anonymity, said: “I looked over at her to gauge her re­ac­tion but there was none. She showed no emo­tion.

“It took me 12 years to speak be­cause I blamed my­self for so many years. But when I got to 27 my­self I re­alised what she had done was very wrong.

“It has taken so much courage and strength to speak out but I am no longer that fright­ened teenager. I have made Deb­o­rah Evans ac­count­able for what she did to me.

“I looked up to this woman and she abused that trust in the most hor­rific way. It was un­for­giv­able.”

Evans, from Ely, Cardiff, was or­dered to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender in­def­i­nitely.

Judge Michael Fit­ton QC told Evans: “The vic­tim was groomed and man­aged to sat­isfy your own de­sires.

“There was over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that the harm she suf­fered was se­vere.”

Wales News Ser­vice

> In­no­cent Katrina Holmes has told how at the age of 15 she was forced to take part in sex games by her babysit­ter – but she kept a se­cret di­ary of the abuse and has writ­ten about its ef­fect on her, be­low

> Chef Deb­o­rah Evans was jailed for seven years

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