Declan Marshall, 28, reportedly attacked fellow Brit Emma Higginson in Turkey after meeting her at a night club
A British holidaymaker accused of a terrifying assault on a woman who refused to have sex with him has returned to Britain after being freed from prison.
Emma Higginson, 35, from Kent, was left ‘barely recognisable’ with a fractured skull, eye socket and nose after the attack at a hotel in Icmeler last September.
Emma said she was attacked by 28-year-old car salesman Declan Marshall after meeting him in a nightclub earlier that evening.
Marshall spent five months in prison but was understood to be in Stoke last night.
His lawyer successfully argued he should be allowed to await his fate at home while the prosecution gathers more evidence, according to The Sun.
Emma told the newspaper: ‘I still have the physical and mental scars from the attack and I’m having regular hospital and dental appointments plus counselling.
‘He nearly killed me and I’m in constant pain.
She told The Sun that Declan had been invited back to the hotel where she was staying with friends after claiming he was unable to get back to his own room.
She claims Declan was told to sleep on the sofa while she went to sleep in her room, but a few minutes later he came into her room and tried to have sex with her.
Emma told him she ‘wasn’t interested’, at which point she claims he hit her.
Emma Higginson, 35, from Kent, was attacked at a hotel in Icmeler, Turkey, on the last night of a holiday with friends
Miss Higginson claims she was beaten by 27-year-old Declan Marshall after he tried to have sex with her but she rebuffed his advances
‘I remember him saying I had no respect but I said I had a boyfriend,’ she said. ‘Then he hit me twice and I blacked out.
‘When I woke up I was on the balcony and there was blood everywhere.
‘My friend woke up to me screaming and he ran out of the apartment.’
She now has 50 stitches in her face, multiple fractures, is covered in bruises and suffering ‘so much pain’.
She was left ‘barely recognisable’ after the attack and now has 50 stitches in her face, suffered a fractured eye socket, skull and nose, and has lost a tooth
Miss Higginson is recovering at a hospital in Marmaris but has been told she cannot fly until she is recovered. Marshall has been arrested and is due in court this week
One of her teeth has subsequently fallen out and doctors have told her that she cannot fly home because her injuries are too bad.
She agreed to share her story and her name so that people will know what Declan is allegedly capable of.
‘The man who did this to me is an animal,’ she added. ‘He’s a complete nutter and should be locked up for a long time.’
After the attack, police tracked Marshall – from Stoke-on-Trent – to a nearby hotel using CCTV from the nightclub.
Marshall’s lawyer previously said he was very drunk on the night in question and cannot remember much, but disputes hitting her and says he only pushed her ‘very lightly’.