A woman whose husband raped her in his garden and left her dead has spoken of her fear that she might return to her attacker.
Sarah Dutton, who lives in a two-bedroom flat in St Helens, south-east London, said she was given a “very unusual” letter in the middle of the night by a man who claimed he was leaving the home of his former neighbour.
“I thought, ‘Oh, this is quite a surprise’,” Ms Dutton told the BBC.
“He said, ‘Well, if you want to go back to my house, you must do it’.” The woman, who does not want to be named for legal reasons, was devastated by the letter. “
“When I got the letter, I thought, “Oh my God, that’s it. “
He said, ‘Well, if you want to go back to my house, you must do it’.” The woman, who does not want to be named for legal reasons, was devastated by the letter.
“When I got the letter, I thought, “Oh my God, that’s it.
I’m not going to be able to leave this place.
“But I just thought, this letter was for me, for Sarah, for me to have a little bit of comfort.” “
There were some very bad things that were said to me about the abuse I suffered,” Ms Dutts mother said.
“But I just thought, this letter was for me, for Sarah, for me to have a little bit of comfort.”
The woman’s former neighbour, Michael Johnson, 58, was jailed for the murder of Sarah Dutting.
He was sentenced to life in prison.
Police were called to the flat on December 19 last year after the woman’s daughter reported hearing noises coming from inside.
Police found a bloody sock in the garden and found a hand print on the wall.
“A woman was stabbed in the neck and the neck of another person,” Ms Lappin said.
She said the woman had been sexually assaulted.
“They were raped, they were murdered and their body was dumped in the river.”
Ms Lapps son, who is now a lawyer, said the letter was “pretty shocking”.
“I think she’s really shaken,” he said.
Ms Dettons daughter told the court she was in shock and feared her attacker would try to “steal her”.
“She’s in shock,” she said.
“I can’t really describe it, I’m just in shock.”
The judge said she could not allow the letter to be given to the court.
“We have been very careful in terms of what we’re able to do to make it seem as though the court is concerned,” she told the judge.
“You can give us that document but you can’t be allowed to give it to the media.”
The letter was given to Ms Dettleons mother and the case is now being referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The letter’s contents were described by the Crown prosecutor as “extremely distressing” by the judge, who said she felt “we should be very, very careful”.
She said she had asked the court to give the letter “special consideration”.
“We feel it’s necessary to make the court aware of this letter and the fact that this is a document that we are concerned about,” she added.
Ms Lappy said the police were now looking into whether the letter might be the reason why Sarah Duttts mother was given “an unusual letter” that would “create an entirely different situation”.