Court: Man denies raping young woman in Three Bridges

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A man has denied raping a woman in Three Bridges while she was drunk and on painkillers.

Kamil Gryszkiewicz, 27, of no fixed address, has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape.

Today, prosecutor Oliver Dunkin told a jury at Brighton Law Courts: “It’s the case that this defendant and that young lady had never met before this occasion on which sexual intercourse took place.

“The case, we say, is of this defendant taking full sexual advantage of an obviously and extremely drunk young girl, staggering about the streets of Crawley.”

He said the alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had suffered psychological problems in the past, and would sometimes try to deal with them by drinking and self-medicating.

On May 9 this year, when the alleged rape happened, she had been at home drinking vodka, and had taken paracetamol.

She went out around 10pm, said Mr Dunkin, and was obviously drunk and walking unsteadily.

At one point, she fell into the road, but was helped up by the defendant.

“She recalls being extremely thankful that she’d been picked up by this complete stranger,” he said, adding that she then planted a kiss on his lips.

Mr Dunkin said her next memory is of being led towards an alleyway.

He said some eyewitnesses described her as ‘giggly’, while others said she was being led and seemed reluctant.

Prosecutors say Gryszkiewicz raped her in a secluded spot near Three Bridges football ground.

She was next seen around 11pm. “She was stumbling in the road, extremely distressed and obviously extremely drunk,” said Mr Dunkin.

A young couple saw her and called for an ambulance.

Gryszkiewicz was traced from forensic evidence found on the alleged victim’s jogging bottoms.

Interviewed by police, he said he had seen a young woman fall in the road and helped her up.

He said they then went for a walk and she started to kiss him, before offering to have sex with him for money.

Mr Dunkin summed up the defendant’s version of events as: “This girl that he’d never met before suggested that he pay her for sex.

“Given what happened next, it would have been entirely unprotected.” *

Gryszkiewicz told police that he had sex with her, paid her, and left.

“Whilst she was clearly under the influence of drink, he said to the officers, because he could smell it, she was coherent and knew what she was doing,” said Mr Dunkin.

Gryszkiewicz denies the charge. The trial continues.

* For clarity, Mr Dunkin said this because he was setting out the defendant’s case. The defendant’s account of what happened is not accepted by the prosecution.

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