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Sex predator tried to attack female kickboxer and wound up unconscious in a bush

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Mark Willis (Pic: Mirror)
Mark Willis (Pic: Mirror)

A sexual predator bit off more than he could chew when he pounced on a female kickboxer and tried to tear off her clothes.

39-year-old Mark Willis, who was jailed in 2011 after he tried to drag a woman into his van, was knocked out by a the woman he was trying to attack in Cheltenham, UK. 

The Mirror reports that Willis punched the un-named woman before he pushed her over a wall, jumped on her and attempted to pull down her shorts.

Gloucester crown court heard that the woman, who has been kick boxing for two years and has taken a self-defence class, tried to break the perverts arm before she got him in the scissor grip which caused him to pass out.

The jury heard that Wilis told the woman to "be quiet and do as I tell you and you won't get hurt".

The 25-year-old promptly told the pervert to “go f**k himself” before she put him in an armlock.

"The intention is to send the elbow in the wrong direction and cause extreme pain or a break," she said.

"I was not able to do that.

"I think he figured out what I was trying to do because he managed to wriggle free and he hit me again repeatedly in the face.

"I was stunned for a moment.

"Again I could feel him grabbing between my legs and pulling at my clothes.

"My legs were still free so I lifted my left leg up onto his shoulder and around the back of his neck.

"I crossed my right leg over and squeezed together as hard as I could.

"He seemed to struggle for air - which was the point!

"His head was locked down.

"He lifted his right hand and literally pounded as hard as he could on the side of my face.

"I closed my eyes and held it for as long as I could hoping he would pass out in a few seconds.

"Then I felt his body go limp.

"I thought he had lost consciousness or run out of air.

"I flipped him off, rolled over and crawled through the bushes to the door of the house.

"I could hear footsteps as he ran away and then a car starting."

The attack happened on Queens Road in Cheltenham, UK

Judge William Hart remanded  Willis in custody for a psychiatric report .

The judge then praised the woman’s tenacious effort saying: "He bit off slightly more than he could chew with this young lady."

Judge Hart then awarded the woman £500 for capturing the sex predator.

"I am going to ask the High Sheriff to pay her a reward of £500 because I think she has to be singled out in some modest way by the court.

"Five hundred pounds is a tiny token of the court's appreciation of what she has done to bring about the apprehension of Mr Willis.

"It is just a mark of the court's gratitude."

The woman told reporters that shed “not scared of anyone, especially since taking up mixed martial arts and taking a ju-jitsu self-defence course." 

"It has made me a better person and a lot fitter.

"I'm glad I was able to bring this man to justice - he is dangerous and I would not like him to do the same to other women."