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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Incest mum back in the spotlight

Sylvia Payne and son, Mark

THE DAUGHTER of the Maryport woman convicted of incest with her 18-year-old son has spoken out in a national magazine.

Carla Moran, 23, of Birmingham, told last week’s Take a Break magazine of the fascination that Maryport’s Sylvia Payne had for her son, Craig, when the couple met after 15 years of separation.

And once she had met Craig, Mrs Moran said, she lost all interest in Carla, her grandchildren and the other two children of her first family.

Mrs Moran could have been paid up to £500 for the interview with the magazine.

Mrs Moran said Mrs Payne walked out on the family when she, Carla, was five years old and Mark only three.

Mrs Moran, as the oldest, was responsible for helping bring up the family, which included another sister and brother.

After 15 years, Mrs Payne got in touch and Mrs Moran, with her partner Mark and their two children, travelled to Maryport from their home in Birmingham to meet up.

It was an emotional reunion, she said, and she was eager to get the rest of the family back with their mother.

On the next visit she took Craig and her mother was fascinated by the changes in the 18-year old, whom she had last seen when he was three.

Craig ended up staying with his mother, she said, and although she initially rang every day, he sounded really happy, so the phone calls became less frequent.

She said her mother appeared to lose all interest in other members of the family.

She said she never received another invitation to the house.

She told the magazine she remembered the day she received a very guarded phone call from a police officer who told her that her mother had been arrested and warned her that there could be “certain things” in the newspaper.

Two days later, the police woman visited the house with a copy of an article describing Sylvia Payne’s appearance in court where she admitted taking her teenage son as her lover.

Mrs Moran said she felt nauseated. She called her mother and asked: “Is it true?” Her mother said: “Yes.”

That is the last contact Mrs Moran has had with either her mother or her brother.

Take a Break said Mrs Payne has also indicated that she had nothing more to do with Carla.

n Sylvia Payne was sentenced to 36 months community rehabilitation by West Allerdale magistrates.

Mrs Payne, then 45, was charged under section 65 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The crime took place on July 21 at their Gilmour Street home. The pair were in bed together watching a video, which she later said was Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.

The court heard how when Mark had a panic attack his mother cuddled him and soon they began having sex. A family member alerted police.

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