Ted was in lounge being beaten by a 6ft 4ins naked guy – I was just screaming

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A petrified couple says their lives have been "ruined" after a 6ft 4 naked man stormed into their home and launched a deadly attack.

Marjorie Bosworth, 78, and her husband Ted, 70, have been left haunted by Scott Presswood after he made them feel like "prisoners" in their own home.

The nude "maniac" gained access after he knocked on the door, which prompted Ted to answer because he thought he was hurt.

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The dad-of-two then threatened to rape and kill Ted and told him "I am Scott and I am naked" before he hurled a cast iron barbecue at him in Renishaw, Derbyshire.

Ted had armed himself with a knife for his own protection and told his wife to call 999 at around 9pm on April 19, 2020.

Now Marjorie has written a book about their petrifying ordeal to try and help her own recovery, reports Derbyshire Live.

She said: "My husband was in the lounge being beaten by a 6ft4ins naked guy fighting for his life. I was in a bedroom opposite the lounge screaming at the top of my head.

"I could hardly breathe for the feeling of fear he was going to kill us, but I managed to grab the phone and phone the police. I will never know to this day how they could understand what I was saying with all the screaming and the shouting and banging from the lounge.

"They told me to lock myself in the bedroom and take deep breaths, saying 'don't put the phone down, we are on our way, you are not alone'. I was praying to God not to let us die at the hands of this lunatic."

At last year's sentencing hearing Presswood, of Chesterfield Road, Barlborough, Derbyshire, was jailed for 28 months after pleading guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

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Judge Shaun Smith QC told him: "You destroyed the lives of this couple who are in their retirement, somewhere they always wanted to be, secluded in the countryside among peacefulness.

"You have destroyed them because you wanted to destroy your own life. You turned into a maniac when you went to their house and did what you did. Psychologically you have torn them apart."

Marjorie said her trauma counsellor told her to write a letter to herself about her feelings of guilt.

"Trauma can also come from seeing another person be seriously hurt that was me watching and hearing my husband beaten," she said.

"Ted has been left with mental and physical scars for the rest of his life and I am left with the feeling of guilt cowering in the bedroom. What more could I have done to help him?"

Marjorie added: "We still feel like prisoners in our home, we lock our doors all the time, binoculars out at the ready if we see anybody approaching our home in the distance. Scott Presswood has served 10 months in prison and in March this year, he was released on licence.

"We came here in the back of beyond for peace and quiet and to retire, have a few chickens and live the good life but he ended that on April 19th 2020."

Marjorie's book, called Uninvited, is available to buy on Amazon priced at £8.99.

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