An athletics champion secretly confesses to raping her former ‘best friend’ – with vital evidence leading to his conviction and five-year prison sentence.
Ellie Wilson – who has waived her right to anonymity – was assaulted between December 2017 and February 2018 by her ‘repentant’ on-off boyfriend Daniel McFarlane.
On one occasion, the ‘evil’ stalker continued to violate her as she cried and begged him to stop, before teasingly telling her that ‘her temporary pleasure is worth more than this’. [her] temporary pain’.
Later, the arrogant coward claimed no one would believe him and later forced a friend to delete texts where he admitted to doing ‘disgusting’ things.
But the hardened sex offender was caught in 2019, after Ms Wilson recorded a conversation where she asked McFarlane why he had lied about the crimes, prompting him to reply: ‘We’ve already Have established that I have.
Ellie Wilson (above) has bravely spoken out about the tragic ordeal she suffered at the hands of rapist Daniel McFarlane
The 25-year-old daredevil can be heard questioning her attacker: ‘Don’t you think how awful it makes me feel when you say,’I didn’t rape you’ while you have and you say I have made up the stuff.
McFarlane replies: ‘Ellie, we’ve already established that I have, but those who need to believe me, believe me.’
“But they’re believing the lie,” says Ms. Wilson.
‘I will tell him the truth one day, but not today,’ says McFarlane from Iverness, Scotland.
‘Will you tell them the truth about what you have done to me? how do you feel about it?’ Ms. Wilson says.
‘I’m glad to know I’m not in jail,’ McFarlane replied wryly.
The recordings proved crucial in the downfall of Monster McFarlane, who was sentenced last year to five years in prison on two counts of rape and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Now Ms Wilson has spoken out about her harrowing ordeal at the hands of McFarlane as she today admitted he had stolen a ‘bright future’ from her.
The 25-year-old from Glasgow said she was trapped in a vicious cycle of ’emotional control and gaslighting’ as McFarlane played with her emotions.
Ms Wilson said the abuse she suffered at the hands of McFarlane (right) – who was jailed for two counts of rape last year – traumatized her so much she even tried to take her own life. She is pictured with McFarlane, who coached her on the student athletics team at the university
The abuse and shock was so harsh, it prompted Ms Wilson to attempt to take her own life in 2019, requiring immediate hospital treatment to save her life.
The secret recording that captured a rapist’s harrowing confession
Brave Ellie Wilson managed to extract a confession from rapist Daniel McFarlane. Here’s what was said: Ellie said: ‘Don’t you think how bad I feel when you say ‘I didn’t rape you’ and you say I did something wrong… [McFarlane interrupts]MacFarlane: ‘Ellie, we’ve already established that I have, but people who need to believe me, believe me. ‘Ellie:’ But they’re believing a lie… ‘MacFarlane:’ And I’ll tell them the truth one day but not today.’Ellie: ‘Will you tell them the truth about what you’ve done to me? McFarlane: [Indecipherable]Ellie: ‘How do you feel about it?’ McFarlane: ‘I’m glad to know I’m not in jail.’
Months later, Ms. Wilson decides to secretly record McFarlane about what he had done.
“It was really scary,” she said, as she recounted how McFarlane was “acting erratically” on the day of the recording. ‘I was scared he realized what I was going through.
‘I was worried that he would use physical violence on me … On the day of that recording he choked me so hard that I lost consciousness.
‘We had a conversation the night before that day. I asked him why he raped me. He said that his temporary pleasure was more valuable than my temporary pain. It was messed up.’
Ms Wilson had met him through student athletics in 2017 and they became ‘best friends’ straight away, she told MailOnline.
The pair had an on-off relationship, with McFarlane acting as her coach while she attended the University of Glasgow.
She tried to cut contact after McFarlane attacked her but the ’emotional manipulator’ continued to ‘screw his way back’ into her life.
He would threaten and humiliate her, he said, after she had spoken openly about how he had raped her in a ‘real’ way.
He would bombard her with messages on social media, labeling her a “perpetual flirt,” while ordering her to “stop drinking, go out and do what you want to do.”
He also used the fact that he raped her as a form of emotional blackmail. Ms. Wilson claimed.
McFarlane would bombard Ms Wilson with abusive messages on social media, where he would put her down and admit to raping her
‘He would talk about it in a very matter-of-fact way. He had a complete lack of remorse,’ said the Masters graduate.
‘The level of emotional manipulation was so bad, that at one point he was crying on my bedroom floor saying he was a monster and a rapist.
‘Then I had to comfort him – the man who raped me. It was appalling… there was a lot of emotional manipulation and gaslighting.’
She reported McFarlane to the police in 2020 and he was suspended from the University of Glasgow.
Later, Ms Wilson learned she was able to enroll at the University of Edinburgh – while she was waiting for tests – after seeing a photo of her at a student sporting event on Facebook.
“I stopped athletics after reporting Daniel because I was worried about bumping into him,” she said. Sun,
Ms Wilson said she had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from McFarlane’s constant abuse – which included a stream of messages on social media.
‘I tried to get away from him at that time. Instead, I was put on hold. I received threatening videos and messages. He used to send me videos of her burning pictures. Then he himself would threaten suicide,’ she said.
Ms Wilson, a champion student sprinter, said her ‘bright future’ was snatched from her by rapist McFarlane
The talented sports star admitted she also started ‘seeing my face on the faces of other men on the street’, causing her to freeze in terror.
In court, Ms Wilson was forced to detail her trauma as she was ‘brutally’ cross-examined by her abuser’s defense lawyer.
Ms Wilson admitted, ‘I struggled with my mental health during the trial.’ ‘I was worried that I would seriously hurt myself if he was acquitted.
‘When he was found guilty I thought I could live my life. I felt very relieved.
Ms Wilson described McFarlane’s abuse as ‘domestic violence’ and said it had ruined her life.
She said: ‘He stole my bright future. I’ll always think of the things I could have done if he wasn’t there. My whole perspective of the world has completely changed.
‘I loved her very much. There are times when I feel guilty that he is in jail and is having a hard time there. But it is important. He is not going to repent. He doesn’t care. He probably never loved me and is incapable of loving.
Ms. Wilson is now working with Universities Scotland and the Scottish Government to find ways to better protect students and ensure their safety and wellbeing.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call The Samaritans free of charge on 116 123 or visit: www.samaritans.org,
Victims of sexual assault can get help by calling the charity Rape Crisis free of charge on 0808 500 2222 or by visiting: www.rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/
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