TRAPPED in a bedroom of a Sydney share house, a British backpacker frantically sent a Facebook message for help as her attacker hacked at the door with a large knife.
The then-23-year-old had been sexually assaulted and stabbed by Mexican tourist Francisco Quibrera Villaescusa, who was living in the Chippendale house of 15 young backpackers.
The woman, who cannot be named, locked the bedroom door and fired off the desperate message to her housemates because she couldn’t remember Australia’s emergency number.
“Raped me…Been stabbed…Guys..call an ambulance..idk number…Plz…Need police…Hurry. Been stabbed in hand.”
The frantic message was contained in police facts tendered at Villaescusa’s trial this week.
He denied charges of sexual assault, reckless wounding, indecent assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and attempted murder because he was mentally impaired at the time.
He was found not guilty due to mental illness after a two-day trial at the Sydney District Court and remanded to a secure mental health facility.
Court documents released to news.com.au reveal for the first time the extent of the horror the British woman and other housemates endured in the Cleveland Street terrace home on March 8, 2016.
They also show the bloody mess inside the cluttered house — with blood splattered on the floor, doors and a mattress and a bloody handprint on a wall. Two knives, one with a 12.5cm blade, were also found on the floor.
The woman told police she only had a handful of conversations with Villaescusa before he walked into her room and demanded she have sex with him. She had been asleep on her bed and didn’t hear him approach.
He said to her: “I have to have sex with you, you must have sex with me,” as he sexually assaulted her, the trial heard.
“I was screaming as he did this and was trying to sit up,” the woman added.
What followed next was a blur to her. But she remembered the knife and what he did with it.
“He cut my left hand between my thumb and first finger. It felt like he’d sliced me, the blood was pouring out.”
She couldn’t recall the pain. “I was just in shock at what happened. The blood was pouring out of my hand.”
It was only when Villaescusa was dragging her to his room by her hair that she saw how big the knife was.
“The knife was a very large kitchen knife with a black handle and a very wide blade. He was pulling my hair with such force, he was basically throwing me onto his bed by swinging me by the hair. By this time my hand was pouring with blood.”
He eventually let her go and she locked herself in a flatmate’s bedroom, from where she sent the Facebook message.
She screamed and screamed for people outside to help her. At that point, she heard a male voice outside and peered out to see who it was.
The voice belonged to Leon Bajard, a French housemate. She let him in and they locked the door behind them.
Then the housemates heard Villaescusa outside. He tried everything he could to get them to open the door. “He was saying, ‘Everything is alright, I’m alright now you can open the door,’” Mr Bajard told police.
While this was happening, one of their other housemates responded to the Facebook chat message for help. The police facts state the woman replied: “I can’t talk. Can you please call the police and an ambulance. He’s outside the room.”
Villaescusa then began hacking at some cardboard panels that had replaced broken glass as he tried to get into the bedroom.
“I could see the knife coming through the panels,” she said.
The woman ran to the windows but they were covered with metal bars that blocked her escape. She screamed for someone to save her.
Villaescusa was screaming: “I have to have sex with her or I have to kill her,” and then, “I want to kill everybody.”
Mr Bajard tried to stop Villaescusa, who had managed to get into the bedroom. “I jumped on top [of him] and tried to take the knife off him. We rolled on the ground and he was still holding the knife in his hand.”
The woman made a break for the door but Villaescusa caught her before she could escape and stabbed her three times, in the side of the neck, the armpit and the back of the neck.
“I just remember feeling the knife coming through the left side of my neck,” she said. “At this point, I really thought he was going to kill me.”
Her thoughts turned to her family back home in the United Kingdom as the horror of the situation sank in.
“I thought of my grandmother who will be turning 100 soon. I remembered thinking I wouldn’t have her hearing this was how I died.”
Somehow she got control of the knife and Villaescusa sat on the floor and told her to kill him.
“He said to me, ‘You stab me, you get me here.’ I didn’t want to do something he told me to do so I went for the door.”
She got to the door but needed both hands to open it. The woman told police she was not going to drop the knife, and Villaescusa was right behind her. “I pushed the knife into his stomach. I am pretty sure that I left it in him.”
She ran outside where a small crowd had gathered and later saw Villaescusa staggering away, his white top stained bright red with blood.
The woman told police she was determined not to let the experience ruin her time in Australia.
“I didn’t want this as my final memory. The whole time this was happening to me I was doing everything I could just to survive.” – news.com.au
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