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Mother-of-two raped at knifepoint by sex offender on the run with aristocrat recounts her ordeal

The victim of a convicted rapist who is on the run with her aristocrat partner and their baby today has told how he threatened to kill her sleeping children during a four-hour attack in 1989.

The mother of two was held captive during the theft with garden shears and a kitchen knife.

And now she has asked police to track down Mark Gordon, 48, and his partner Constance Marten, 35, who eloped two weeks ago with their secret one-day-old baby.

But their car burst into flames on the M61 near Bolton on 5 January and they have since traveled to Liverpool and then Harwich in Essex, Colchester and east London. The baby did not receive any medical attention, it is understood.

Mark Gordon

Constance Marten

Sex offender Mark Gordon and his aristocratic partner Constance Marten have been missing since January 5 after their car broke down and caught fire on the M61

A 2010 photo of Gordon published by the Florida Police Department

A 2010 photo of Gordon published by the Florida Police Department

Gordon, from Birmingham, was 14 at the time of the attack and 16 when he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for breaking into his neighbor’s home in Florida, where he lived with his family.

Wielding a hedge trimmer and a knife, he broke into a bathroom window and attacked the 30-year-old woman, threatening to kill her two children who were sleeping in the next room.

The victim, now 64, anonymously told the Mail: ‘I came out of my room and he told me not to scream or he would kill my children.

“It took more than four hours.

‘He had been watching me for months from different places and had everything very well planned.’

Over the next four and a half hours, Gordon forced her to perform a series of sexual acts while wearing a nylon stocking to disguise her identity.

She said: ‘I’ve had post-traumatic stress disorder my whole life.

‘After that happened, it was like my life stopped. I lost everything.

“I lost my house because I couldn’t do anything or sell it. I was emotionally not even there.

‘I couldn’t function. I couldn’t think.

Gordon fled the scene after the attack on April 29, 1989, but within weeks he struck again, breaking into a second neighbor’s home.

She recalled: ‘There was another neighbor of ours and three weeks after he was at our house he went over to their house and broke in.

‘This time he hoped the man was gone and he wasn’t the one who saved the woman’s life.

‘Him [had] took a knife and put a knife on the door of each room.’

The homeowner in the second attack, Patrick Nash, recounted today how he awoke to find Gordon standing in his bedroom armed with a shovel at around 7am on May 21, 1989.

Police released this photo of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten outside East Ham station at around 11:45am on January 7th

Police released this photo of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten outside East Ham station at around 11:45am on January 7th

Constance Marten - whose nickname was Toots - comes from an aristocratic family

Constance Marten – whose nickname was Toots – comes from an aristocratic family

He said: ‘I shouldn’t have been home in the morning when this happened, I should have been out before dawn.

‘My wife wakes up and screams. I start to get up and get hit in the head with a shovel. I was miraculously able to kick him out of the house. It was just reflex. I always sleep in the position closest to the door.

“He took silverware and placed it around the house to gain access to the weapons. My son was a baby at the time and was in the room next to ours.

Gordon hit Mr. Nash with the heavy shovel, leaving him with severe head injuries before fleeing the scene.

US police finally caught up with him a month later, on June 13, 1989, when he confessed to both attacks and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

In 2010, having served half of his sentence, he was deported to the UK and placed on the sex offenders register.

Gordon then began a relationship with Miss. Marten, who has severed all ties with his friends and aristocratic family, who are linked to royalty.

Miss Marten’s father, Napier, a former page to the late Queen, said he and his family were “deeply concerned” for the welfare of their “darling” daughter and had asked her to return home.

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