Sunday August 28,2011
By Natasha Courtenay-Smith
A RAPE victim whose attacker confessed on Facebook has revealed her fears that he is saying he is gay in order to win asylum.
Alyson Edwards, 29, has suffered nightmares and panic attacks since her attacker’s asylum plea.
She knows it is a bogus and cynical attempt to remain in Britain because John Ssewaggudde is serving four years in prison.
Sales assistant Alyson, who has waved her right to anonymity, said: “I thought I had got over it and was rebuilding my life but it’s like I’ve gone back to how I felt in the months after he attacked me. I’m nervous and anxious all the time.
“I can’t sleep. I’m worried that some judge at the European Court will believe his lies.”
Ssewaggudde was convicted five months ago. The jury was told that after the attack last year he posted a message on the social networking site Facebook saying: “I admit it. I raped you.”
According to Alyson, he is trying to profit from the outcry over persecution in Uganda where homosexual acts can be punished by up to 14 years in prison and where attempts have been made recently to include the death sentence.
She said: “He is only saying he is gay because he doesn’t want to go home. This is just a desperate ruse.He never acted like a gay man.
“He had an insatiable sexual appetite and gave every indication that he is homophobic.”
Alyson met Ssewaggudde through a dating website.
She said: “He contacted me and said his name was Joe Lyazi and that he worked as a carer for old people. He also said he played a piano in church. I thought he must be safe and respectable.”
Of their first meeting she said: “We got on very well. He came across as genuine but I now know that most of what he told me was lies, including his name.”