Chef Deborah Evans abused the trust of 15-year-old Katrina Holmes’ family to babysit the child but she abused her
A brave young woman who was subjected to sex abuse by her lesbian babysitter, including being made to take part in sex games, has spoken out about the abuse after her attacked was jailed.
Katrina Holmes, 34, has recalled the fear she felt during the ‘horrific’ abuse which took place over five months, when she was only 15.
Chef Deborah Evans was jailed for seven years after she abused the trust of Miss Holmes’ family and forced innocent Katrina to act out sexual fantasies.
But Katrina kept a secret diary of her sexual abuse, which was used in the case against the 46-year-old at Cardiff Crown Court, in February this year.
Evans – who at the time owned catering firm Cardiff Cuisine Catering with her girlfriend – was convicted of 11 counts of indecent assault.
The pair first met when Katrina was just seven and Evans – then 19 – started babysitting her when her dad would go to the pub.
Katrina Holmes was abused as a child but she has waived her right to anonymity to speak out about how she suffered at the hands of her babysitter
Katrina, from Cardiff, said: ‘I really liked her – she always had a can of lager in her hand and would get pretty tipsy.
‘But she was mischievous and fun. My own mum lived hundreds of miles away so I really looked up to Deborah and felt safe with her.’
Evans became a family friend – but her attitude towards Katrina changed after the girl turned 15, leading to the woman making a pass at the girl during a sleepover.
Katrina Holmes was just 15-years-old when she was abused by a lesbian aged 27. Pictured: Katrina with her father Terry
Katrina said: ‘She stayed over our house in my bedroom – with two single beds.
‘She said: ‘Kiss me.’ I remember her opening her mouth as her lips tried to close onto mine.
‘I froze and pulled away from her. ‘What are you doing?’ I said, trying to laugh it off.
‘She was 27 and I was 15. I wanted her to care about me but I felt more afraid than safe when she was around.
‘I wanted us to be close – more like a parental figure – not in this way.’
Evans became ‘controlling and bossy’ and even called Katrina’s school to say if there were any problems they were to call her.
But things escalated even further when Evans began forcing the girl to take part in sex games at her flat.
Katrina said: ‘One evening when she stayed over at dad’s house she tried to make me perform a sex act on her. It was repulsive.
Katrina Holmes is speaking out about her abuse and has questioned why the older woman who subjected her to an ordeal which lasted five months, has never said sorry
‘I said ‘I don’t want to’. But she carried on and ignored me.
‘I felt powerless and afraid. Maybe I wasn’t a tiny child but she had so much control over me.
‘Inside I was crying – this woman who I looked up to and loved was now abusing me.
‘She seemed to get a thrill out of the fantasy of being caught.
‘One morning I was ironing my school uniform and Deborah walked into the room.
‘She said to me: ‘You are gay’. But I answered: ‘I’m not gay’.
‘She gripped me hard. ‘You are gay and you will always be gay’, she said aggressively.’
Chef Deborah Evans owned a company with her then girlfriend – but she forced a child to carry out sexual fantasies while she was in her care
The abuse – which went on for five months – was eventually reported to police 12 years later, with Katrina using diary entries she made as a girl as evidence.
Evans told her: ‘You are gay and you will always be gay’ despite the young girl only being interested in boys.
Katrina – who gave evidence in court and has bravely waived her legal right to anonymity – said: ‘I looked over at her to gauge her reaction but there was none. She showed no emotion.
‘It took me 12 years to speak because I blamed myself for so many years. But when I got to 27 myself I realised what she had done was very wrong.
‘It has taken so much courage and strength to speak out but I am no longer that frightened teenager. I have made Deborah Evans accountable for what she did to me.
‘I looked up to this woman and she abused that trust in the most horrific way. It was unforgivable.’
Evans, from Ely, Cardiff, was ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely.
Judge Michael Fitton QC told Evans: ‘The victim was groomed and managed to satisfy your own desires.
‘There was overwhelming evidence that the harm she suffered was severe.’