Woman abused by her granddad helped jail him by secretly recording confession

A woman who was molested by her grandfather for years helped bringing him to justice by secretly taping him confessing.

Yasemin Yapiciogullari, 23, hatched the plan to snare retired carpenter Tony Marshall, 76, after she revealed the abuse to her fiancé.

She was abused by Marshall between the ages of seven and 17.

During a private chat at a birthday gathering she asked him, “Why did you touch me?”, the Mirror reports.

Despite trying to trying to change the subject he eventually admitted his crimes, telling her: "I thought you liked it."

Yasemin, who has bravely waived her right to anonymity, took the phone recording to police.

Officers arrested him, with her evidence forming part of the case against him.

Marshall was jailed for 13 years and nine months at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 26.

Nursey worker Yasemin said she was "disgusted" when she heard his justification for his crimes.

She said: "I thought about how he robbed me of my childhood, left me depressed and anxious and that's all he could say.

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“I told myself, 'I am going to get you'."

She added: "For the first time in years I felt like I was free.

"I don't have to still suffer all that abuse and worry about him doing that to anyone else.

"No doubt he is sitting behind bars suffering, and I'm sorry to say but I love it.

"I love the fact he's suffering, I want him to suffer the way that I did.

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“The pain not only I went through, but my whole family went through."

Marshall attacked Yasemin between 2005 and 2016.

He visited her home every Sunday for family dinner and would abuse her while she played on her computer upstairs.

Yasemin told a primary school teacher someone at home had done "naughty things".

Although social services investigated, the abuse was not uncovered.

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It left her too scared to tell anyone else.

She said: "I had already told my teacher, and nothing had come of it.

"I knew what was coming, and I kind of put up with it, dealt with it."

But in November 2017, with the help of her fiancé, she came up with a plan to bring him to justice.

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At her brother's birthday party she asked to speak to Marshall about Christmas presents upstairs.

The conversation she had with him was recorded on her hidden mobile phone.

During the confrontation, Marshall kept trying to change the subject to talk about his career as a carpenter.

Yasemin refused to give up and repeated her question, until he told her: "I thought you liked it."

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Marshall, of Sudbury, Suffolk, denied most of the offences against him.

But he was convicted of five counts of sexual assault and two of causing a girl under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

He was also found guilty of indecently assaulting a girl aged under 16, relating to a separate victim.

Yasemin, of Dagenham, east London, had always believed other victims had suffered at Marshall’s hands.

She said: "I knew in my heart, without a doubt, that there was someone else.

"This other woman has also got her justice.

"To know she has some sense of relief as well makes me feel better about myself.

"I hope if there is anyone else out there who has suffered, they can get their justice as well."

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