A sex attack victim has told how she is ‘living in fear’ after she was assaulted and robbed in broad daylight.
Mosidi Allwood, of Stafford Road, Bedford, was walking from her home to Bedford Library along the path that runs from Queens Park to the town centre, known as The Slipe, when she was attacked at around 4.30pm on Saturday, August 24.
She was grabbed from behind, pinned to the floor and groped, before the man ran off with her handbag.
Mosidi, who has bravely waived her right to anonymity, in a bid to catch him, said: “I saw him first and I just got the feeling something wasn’t right. I was carrying my laptop so I was worried about that.
“Then all of a sudden he had grabbed me, covered my mouth with his hand and had pushed me to the floor.
“I was screaming but he punched me once on the side of the head and then again, At that point I thought he was going to rape me and I just shut up and prayed.”
45-year-old Mosidi, who originates from Botswana, added: “He then started to touch my breast through my top and I could see him moving as if he was rubbing himself or against something but it wasn’t me.
“At that point I was confused because I thought he was going to rape me but then I thought it strange he wasn’t touching me directly as though he was worried about DNA.
“And then he suddenly got up, grabbed my handbag and ran off.”
After the attack Mosidi asked a passer-by for help, who walked her a little further down the path towards the town centre where she intended to go the police.
However, she decided to go back to her home and ask a neighbour to help. So a family, who was passing, walked her back to her neighbour’s house who then called the police for her.
A man was arrested but has since been released on bail, but police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Mosidi said: “I don’t care about coming forward and putting my life at risk. If he comes back for me I’m going to be ready for him.
“But I have a daughter and that’s what worries me, I just want him caught. Every day when I go out I am looking into the eyes of every man and thinking ‘was it him’? I am quite a confident person but I am living in fear.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101.