Slaton allegedly offered her a lift at a petrol station before taking her to his home where, she says, he began to sexually assault her.

During the incident, the woman took Slatton’s knife from him and severed his penis, as well as stabbing him in the buttocks.

He then chased her through the house, she said, before she escaped and set off down Kay Drive in Greenville, South Carolina.

One local resident, Jacqueline Fair, lives across the road from the home of the defendant. She says she heard knocking at her door and saw a woman on her front porch who was completely naked and covered in what appeared to be blood.

The women asked at several houses for help before eventually reaching a waffle house half a mile away

“I didn’t open the door because you never know what’s going on with that kind of stuff,” she told The Greenville News.

“And she was saying, ‘Help me, help me, help me,’ and I said, ‘No, honey, we need to call the police.'”