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British model, 25, comes face-to-face with the waiter who raped and stabbed her as he appears in court in Magaluf four years after attack
Cheryl Maddison, 25, left Houghton Le Spring, Co Durham, to start new lifeShe says the horrific assault only came to an end when she played deadShe strode into court in Majorca capital Palma to face attacker after 4 years
Moroccan Mohamed Fadel El Anssari, 31, sat in dock with head in hands
14:16 GMT, 8 January 2013
15:51 GMT, 8 January 2013
Brave: Wearing a striking white blazer and black jeans, Miss Maddison strode confidently into the court in Majorcan capital Palma to face her attacker
A British model who was stabbed, raped and left to die on a Spanish holiday island four years ago, today came face to face with her attacker for the first time since her assault.
Cheryl Maddison, now 25, of Houghton Le Spring, Co Durham, was stabbed in the chest and abandoned in a pool of her own blood, weeks after she had moved to Magaluf, Majorca, to start a new life.
She says the prolonged assault only came to an end when she played dead despite her terrible injuries.
But in a brave show of defiance today, she returned to the palm-fringed isle to face her accused rapist as he appeared in court.
Wearing an ivory blazer and black jeans, Miss Maddison strode confidently into the court in capital Palma and watched proceedings from the public gallery, accompanied by her boyfriend Kain MacDonald, 21.
In stark contrast, Mohamed Fadel El Anssari, a 31 year-old waiter from Morocco, sat in the dock with his head buried in his hands throughout.
He has confessed to the crime in May 2008, claiming he had been high on drink and drugs when it took place.
Miss Maddison bravely waived her right to anonymity last week to tell how she played dead to save her life.
She said at the time: 'I was convinced I was going to die – he was so violent and angry I never thought I'd get out alive.
'I was fighting back, scratching his face and calling for help. But he pressed his thumbs on my windpipe until I passed out.
Confessed: In stark contrast to Miss Maddison's confident arrival, Mohamed Fadel El Anssari, a 31 year-old waiter from Morocco, sat in the dock with his head buried in his hands throughout
Taken away: El Anssari covers his face as he leaves the court in Palma
Cheryl Maddison leaves the court in Palma hand in hand with boyfriend Kain MacDonald after giving evidence
'When I woke up I was on the floor. I stood up and my feet were slipping and I looked down and it was blood.
'That is when I realised he had stabbed me in the chest.
kept on punching me in the back. I was crying and shouting and making
quite a lot of noise and that is when he stabbed me in the neck.
'That's when I realised I had to play dead. If I hadn't done that he would have kept going until I was dead.'
Magaluf is the number one destination for British package tour holidaymakers.
Around 95 per cent of the estimated one million tourists who flock to the resort every year are British.
Hiding: El Anssari avoids showing his face to photographers outside court
Holiday isle: Magaluf is the number one destination for British package tour holidaymakers