Sussex

Man in Wadhurst sex attack recalls ordeal

A man who was sexually assaulted by another man at knifepoint has said he thought he was going to die.

The victim was attacked in The Marlpit in Wadhurst, East Sussex, at 1645 BST on 16 July.

Speaking to the BBC under condition of anonymity, the man said his attacker held a knife to his throat.

He said: "You always think if that ever happens to me I'd fight them off, I'd do something, but I just froze and whatever he told me to do I just did."

The victim added: "I didn't move, I thought I was going to die in this corner and I just done what he asked."

'Can't focus'

The man was stopped by a motorist asking for directions before a male passenger got out asking for a light. He was then attacked and threatened with a knife.

He has spoken about his ordeal in the hope of bringing his attacker to justice.

The man said: "I don't know why he attacked me. I ain't blaming myself, I've been told not to blame myself.

"But you can't help thinking you've done something to egg them on but i cant think I've done anything at all.

Image caption Police have released an e-fit image of the two men suspected of involvement in the attack

"I can't focus on anything. Work has stopped and I just want to stay in the house, but don't want to stay in the house on my own."

Police said the men were travelling in a small, dark blue two-door hatchback.

The attacker, who was white and aged between 18 and 25, was closely shaven.

The driver is described as white, aged 40 to 50, with black swept-back hair and a chubby round face.

Det Insp Rob Morland appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "This is nothing short of devastating for the victim and his wife.

"I've got the utmost admiration for him and find him a very brave individual and hope other people will come forward."

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