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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2007, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
'Courage' of abducted papergirl
James Murison [Pic: Firstpix]
James Murison put the girl through a harrowing ordeal
Relatives and police have praised a papergirl who was abducted and tied up during a rape attempt in an Aberdeenshire town.

The girl, who was 13, was forced into James Murison's house in Huntly.

The girl's relatives said they were "proud" of how she had handled the "awful" trauma.

And police, speaking after Murison was jailed for eight years, said she had "displayed maturity beyond her tender years".

Murison made her remove her clothes, put a pillowcase over her head and sexually assaulted her in January.

Her instincts for survival were incredible and despite what she was being put through she was capable of thinking of ways of escaping or raising the alarm
Relatives of victim

When he was out the room she managed to free one of her hands and then her feet and tried to climb out the bedroom window, while screaming loudly for help.

Police, who had been alerted, rescued the girl and Murison was arrested.

The parents and family of the young victim said: "We are pleased that Murison will be behind bars for the foreseeable future and will not be able to subject anyone else to the frightening and horrific ordeal he put our daughter and sister through.

"She felt it was important that she saw justice done today and hopefully this will go some way in helping her come to terms with the traumatic events of that day.

"Obviously she is still dealing with consequences of what that fiend put her through but she is receiving help."

'Cool head'

They said: "Her instincts for survival were incredible and despite what she was being put through she was capable of thinking of ways of escaping or raising the alarm."

They thanked police for rescuing her from Murison.

Grampian Police Det Insp Martin Dunn said: "The local police officers whose prompt actions on that day led to the safe discovery of this young girl displayed police work at its best.

"We cannot take away from the major part the victim played in her own rescue.

"She displayed maturity beyond her tender years and kept a cool head in unbelievably horrendous circumstances."

He added: "The mother raised the alarm very quickly and picked up almost immediately that something was wrong. She recognised that something wasn't right at the time.

"It is very fortunate we got there when we did. I am clear in my mind that had we got there later, the circumstances could have been much worse."


SEE ALSO
Papergirl rape bid culprit jailed
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