Saxon Mullins was 18 when, five years ago this week, she met a 21-year-old boy named Luke Lazarus at a Kings Cross nightclub part-owned by his father.
They met on the dance floor and after just four minutes together, Lazarus took her to a lane way behind the club. She told him she wanted to go back almost immediately, the now 23-year-old said in Monday night’s interview.
“And he was like, ‘No, it’s fine’, and I went to move away and he kind of pulled me back and pulled my stockings and my underwear down. So, I pulled them back up and I said, ‘No I really have to go now’.
“He said, ‘Put your fucking hands on the wall’. And… so I did.”
It was the first time she had ever had sex.
“I didn’t know him. And you know, the few things he said to me before we went outside were just nice, calm, normal things and then all of a sudden, after I tried to leave it was, ‘Put your fucking hands on the wall’, it wasn’t, ‘No, please, stay with me’.
“My heart was going at a million miles an hour, I don’t even think I was breathing for a majority of the time. I don’t even know how to describe it,” she said.
There, in that alley way, Luke Lazarus and Saxon Mullins had anal sex; sex she claims, five years on, was not consensual.
At his first trial in 2015, Mr Lazarus was found guilty by a jury of rape and was sentenced to five years in prison. He spent nearly a year behind bars before he was released on bail, when his conviction was quashed on appeal by a judge. In June last year, the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the acquittal, only for the bid to fail in November.
In May last year, Ms Mullins, then still unnamed to the public, wrote on social media about the weight of the case and the monumental impact it had on her life.
“I am mad and frustrated and heartbroken. Was it all for nothing? I’ve waited four long years. I’ve stressed and worried and stayed up all night – many many nights – thinking about it,” she said.