Woman secretly records her Sudbury paedophile grandfather Tony Marshall admitting to child abuse
A brave nursery worker secretly recorded her paedophile grandfather admitting his child abuse to help lock him up.
Tony Marshall, of Sudbury, preyed on his granddaughter Yasemin Yapiciogullari from the age of seven, molesting her at weekends, Christmases and family birthdays.
Marshall, now 76, would get her to play on the computer while he abused her in secret, away from the rest of her family.
Yasemin - who has waived her anonymity - explained how he stole her childhood, carrying out his reign of terror when she was between the ages of six and 17.
In November 2017, with the help of her new fiancee, she concocted a plan to get a confession out of her grandfather.
At her brother’s birthday, Yasemin asked to speak to him upstairs about Christmas presents - all the while her phone was hidden and recording.
Yasemin made small talk, and noticed him smirking like he would before carrying out his incestuous assaults.
Determined not to get preyed on again, she asked firmly: “Why did you touch me?”
The paedophile tried to change the subject, and talk about his career in carpentry.
But iron-willed Yasemin wasn’t giving up, and she repeated her question.
Eventually Marshall admitted his crimes, saying: “I thought you liked it.”
As he stormed out of the room, Yasemin was left furious with his pathetic response.
“How can you think that a child would like something like that?” Yasemin, of Dagenham, east London, said.
“It was so disgusting to hear him say that.
“I thought about how you robbed me of my childhood, left me depressed and anxious and that’s all you can say.
“I told myself: ‘I am going to get you'.”
Within a week, Yasemin took her secret recording to the police and they arrested Marshall.
The video formed part of the detectives’ case against him.
Marshall denied most of the offences, however he was convicted of eight of the 11 historic sex abuse charges after trial.
This was two counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13 by touching, three counts of sexual assault on a girl 13 or over by penetration and two counts of causing a girl under 16 to engage in sexual activity.
He was also found guilty of indecent assault on a girl under 16, which related to a separate victim.
Marshall was jailed for a total of 13 years and nine months at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 26.
Yasemin was delighted with the judge’s firm sentence against her paedophile grandfather.
The 23-year-old said: “For the first time in years I felt like I was free.
“I felt relief knowing that he’s not coming back here.
“I don’t have to still suffer all that abuse and worry about him doing that to anyone else.
“No doubt he is sitting behind bars suffering, and I’m sorry to say but I love it.
“I love the fact he’s suffering, I want him to suffer the way that I did.
“The pain that not only I went through, but my whole family went through.
“You were thinking of your own little sick fantasies, but you weren’t thinking about anyone else in this household.
“You weren’t thinking about your three children that you have.”
Marshall carried out his reign of terror on Yasemin from 2005 until around 2016.
Every Sunday he would come over for family dinner, and invite her to go on the computer upstairs where he would molest her.
His smirk as he carried out his abuse will remain with Yasemin forever.
She would play on the Paint programme to try and take her mind off what was happening.
“I thought this was something that happened to everyone,” she said.
“I didn’t think that was something that was wrong.”
When she was around six years old, Yasemin told her teacher at school that someone at home had done “naughty things”.
Social services investigated her parents and Marshall - but didn’t discover the abuse.
By this point Yasemin was too scared to tell anyone else about her wicked grandfather.
“I had already told my teacher, and nothing had come of it,” she said.
“I was too scared to do anything. I knew that it was wrong, but it was the drill.
“I knew what was coming, and I kind of put up with it, dealt with it.”
It wasn’t until 2017, after 15 years of abuse, that Yasemin told someone - her fiancee - who promised to help.
They spoke to an expert, who explained they had to record her twisted grandfather admitting his crimes.
That was when Yasemin turned detective and snared the disgusting paedophile.
“I never thought he would get locked up,” she said.
“There were so many opportunities to catch this person out during my life, that I thought he’s invincible.”
And Marshall’s reign of terror still has a huge impact on Yasemin’s life.
She’s too afraid to go to the end of the drive on her own, and seeing old men on buses gives her panic attacks.
“I do feel like it did rob me of my childhood,” she says.
“It’s completely ruined being normal.
“A lot of people say you shouldn’t let it define you, but the damage is already done.
“I can’t just do normal things.”
Yasemin explained that she wanted to come forward - and waive her anonymity - to take back control from her abuser.
She always thought there must be more victims, and after police opened the case they discovered Marshall had also sexually abused another woman in Suffolk, in the late 1990s.
“It was because I knew in my heart, without a doubt, there was someone else,” Yasemin explained.
“This other woman has also got her justice.
“It’s such a horrible thing to have to happen to anyone, no one should ever endure something like this.
“To know she has some sense of relief as well, makes me feel better about myself.
“I hope if there is anyone else out there who has suffered, they can get their justice as well.”
The abuse Yasemin suffered inspired her to work in a nursery - so she could try and prevent it happening to anyone else.
She now puts her heart and soul into looking after and protecting young children.
“I didn’t want another child to endure anything like what I went through,” she said.
“It’s this subconscious thing - you just feel different.
“Every other child is normal but you’re not.
“I didn’t want another child to go through that.
“I’m not superwoman, I can’t stop every situation like that from happening.
“But when I’ve heard things which haven’t sounded right, I’ve told safeguarding officers straight away.
“I do not want them to grow up feeling like everyone failed them.”