Katherina Hallsworth, 23, from Peterborough, was attacked and raped in 2015 by her best friend Lee Holland's partner while she was sleeping, while the two women shared a girly sleepover

A woman has revealed how her best friend's fiance raped her while she slept next to her.

Katerina Hallsworth, 23, from Peterborough, was attacked in December 2015 after falling asleep in bed with her friend Sarah *.

She woke up with Sara & # 39; s fiancé, Lee Holland, now 39, who raped her. A year later – in December 2016, the Netherlands was convicted of raping Katerina and imprisoned for six years.

Now Katerina has bravely waived her right to anonymity to speak out for the first time about the attack, hoping to help other women who have experienced sexual attacks.

Katerina, a mother who stayed at home, said: & # 39; That night has completely changed my life, I have always had nightmares ever since.

& # 39; Now I want to help other women who may experience what I have and let them know there is light at the end of the tunnel. & # 39;

Katherina Hallsworth, 23, from Peterborough, was attacked and raped in 2015 by her best friend Lee Holland's partner while she was sleeping, while the two women shared a girly sleepover

Katherina Hallsworth, 23, from Peterborough, was attacked and raped in 2015 by her best friend Lee Holland's partner while she was sleeping, while the two women shared a girly sleepover

Katerina met Sarah and became best friends at the university in September 2014. She said: & Sarah and I were attached to the hip. After college we would go to each other's houses and watch movies. & # 39;

She explained: & # 39; She had been with her fiance for about 18 months and I had only met him three times. We had never said anything more than hello to each other.

& # 39; At the time, my fiancee Rob [23] lived 120 miles away from me. So Sarah was my rock and always took my mind off to miss him. & # 39;

In December 2015, Sarah invited Katerina to her home for a girl wonder. Katerina said: & Sarah was an hour late to pick me up, so I opened a bottle of wine while waiting.

& # 39; I usually didn't drink, but my parents were gone, so I wanted to abandon my hair. By the time Sarah arrived, I had finished the bottle and was already drunk.

She explained: “She took me to her house and I turned the window down, hoping that the fresh air would sober me up.

Lee Holland, 39, of Albion Terrace, Bridlington was found guilty of raping Katerina Hallsworth, 23 and was imprisoned for six years

Lee Holland, 39, of Albion Terrace, Bridlington was found guilty of raping Katerina Hallsworth, 23 and was imprisoned for six years

Lee Holland, 39, of Albion Terrace, Bridlington was found guilty of raping Katerina Hallsworth, 23 and was imprisoned for six years

& # 39; When we got there, Sarah & # 39; s fiancee Lee was smoking outside. But instead of chatting, I hurried to the bathroom feeling sick. & # 39;

During the next three hours, Katerina continued to collapse beside the toilet, vomiting. Eventually, when she stopped being sick, Sarah helped her to her feet and suggested she go to sleep.

She said: & # 39; I climbed under Sarah & # 39; s sheets and fainted. An hour later I woke up with something that pinned me to the bed.

& # 39; I opened my eyes and realized what was happening. Lee was on top of me and raped me.

Katerina, pictured here with her fiancée Robert, 23, who according to her has been her rock in recent years

Katerina, pictured here with her fiancée Robert, 23, who according to her has been her rock in recent years

Katerina, pictured here with her fiancée Robert, 23, who according to her has been her rock in recent years

& # 39; I looked down and saw that he had also taken off my leggings and underwear. I wanted to scream, but I was too scared, so I closed my eyes.

& # 39; When I pretended to wake up, Lee got rid of me. Sarah was still fast asleep beside us. & # 39;

Then Lee changed his clothes and left the room. Katerina, who was still drunk, fell asleep again.

When she & # 39; woke up in the morning, she had flashbacks from Lee who raped her. She says: & I felt so embarrassed and ashamed.

Katerina said she & # 39; too scared & # 39; was to scream during the attack, and that Lee was disturbed when she pretended to wake up

Katerina said she & # 39; too scared & # 39; was to scream during the attack, and that Lee was disturbed when she pretended to wake up

Katerina said she & # 39; too scared & # 39; was to scream during the attack, and that Lee was disturbed when she pretended to wake up

& # 39; I sneaked out of the bedroom and went to the stairs. But Lee put me in the corner in the corner and said & # 39; in the morning & # 39; while he grinned at me.

& # 39; I felt anger burning inside me, but I remained calm. When Sarah woke up, I told her to go home immediately.

& # 39; I wanted to tell her what Lee had done, but I couldn't find the words. She let me go home and I called Rob.

& # 39; I told him that Lee raped me, I couldn't stop sobbing. He demanded that I tell my mother immediately, so I did and she called the police. I was hysterical. & # 39;

Katherina, who now has a one-year-old son with fiancee Rob, said that she is now doing her utmost to become the best mother she can be

Katherina, who now has a one-year-old son with fiancee Rob, said that she is now doing her utmost to become the best mother she can be

Katherina, who now has a one-year-old son with fiancee Rob, said that she is now doing her utmost to become the best mother she can be

Later that night the police arrested Lee. In December 2016, Lee Holland, now 39, from Albion Terrace, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, was found guilty of one count of rape at Hull Crown Court.

He was imprisoned for six years, with an additional three-year license. He also got a 10-year restraining order against Katerina and was put on the register of sex offenders.

Katerina says: & # 39; I have not spoken to Sarah since that night. I was relieved that Lee was taken prisoner, but I still think he could have gotten longer.

& # 39; Since then, I have had terrible flashbacks from Lee on top of me. I've been to hell and back, but I sleep better at night, knowing that Lee is behind bars where he belongs.

& # 39; It has been a very bumpy road, but now I am finally getting better.

She explained: & # 39; In all this, Rob has been my rock and helped me so much. We now have a little boy, Oakley-James, and I do everything to be the best mom I can.

& # 39; I'm just trying to look ahead to the future and leave it behind. & # 39;

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