An 81-year-old woman has recounted how her grand-nephew named Jewell Powell, 36, raped her in Brooklyn.
She shared her sad story at the man’s trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court Wednesday, May 5.
According to her, her great-nephew attacked her while she let him stay in her home.
Narrating how it all started, the elderly woman revealed that she allowed Powell to live on her couch for about a month in 2019 but on June 13, 2019, everything changed.
“He was my favorite,” she testified. “I hate him.”
“I was in my bedroom watching TV. I got up to go to the kitchen. He was there naked. He grabbed me,” she recalled.
The woman tearfully revealed that grand-nephew then dragged her to her bedroom and raped her.
According to her, she fought back, which annoyed Powell the more.
“When I kicked him, he put me back on the bed, put his hands on my throat and said, ‘Next time you do that I’ll smother you,’” she said.
Afterward, Powell gave his great-aunt a knife and told her to kill him and when she refused to, he threatened to kill himself.
She later revealed the incident to her grandson and daughter who reported him to the police.
Powell was arrested two days later and has been held at Rikers Island on $70,000 bail since.
NOTE: A great nephew or Grand nephew is the grandson of one’s brother or sister.