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Jakub Dulas from Newbury denies sexual assault

A MAN lured a young woman into a toilet before sexually assaulting her, a court heard.

But Jakub Dulas has denied the alleged victim’s account.

The 21-year-old, of Curling Way, Newbury, is on trial at Reading Crown Court for three sexual assaults, all on the same occasion.

Charles Ward-Jackson, opening the prosecution case on Wednesday, February 21, told jurors that Newbury College student Mr Dulas has “mild learning difficulties” and said: “You may want to make allowances for that.”

He said Mr Dulas has become enamoured of a teenage girl and the pair had begun messaging back and forth.

Mr Ward-Jackson added: “He made it clear he was romantically or, possibly, sexually interested in her.

“She responded in a rather more guarded way.”

The jury heard Mr Dulas had sent the girl an electronic message stating: “I kinda like ya... you’re really cute.”

Mr Ward-Jackson went on: “You get the gist, members of the jury – he is chatting her up.

“She responded in a guarded sort of way, the prosecution say.”

Nevertheless, on the day in question, the pair arranged a rendezvous.

Mr Ward-Jackson said Mr Dulas proposed they meet in a toilet block.

He added: “She agreed to meet him but, according to her, she wasn’t expecting to go in.

“She thought it was just a convenient place to meet.”

Nevertheless, the court heard, Mr Dulas then locked her in the toilet – “quite a spacious room” – before grabbing and kissing her passionately.

For some reason, said Mr Ward-Jackson, the main light bulb wasn’t working, leaving only a dim, red emergency light.

Mr Ward-Jackson said the young woman asked him to stop but he responded by putting his hands down her top into her bra and squeezing her breasts.

He added: “That having happened, she tried to get to the door and open it – but he pulled her back and now attacked her in a different way.

“He put his hands down her skirt and tights into her knickers.”

Mr Dulas then carried out a penetrative assault with his fingers, the court heard.

Eventually, said Mr Ward-Jackson, she managed to break free and escape.

The teenager then alerted responsible adults and police were called.

Forensic tests later showed Mr Dulas’ DNA inside her bra, jurors were told.

The court then heard of messages sent by Mr Dulas to the young woman, one of which stated: “I’m sorry about what happened – are we cool?”

Mr Dulas denies sexual touching and sexual assault by penetration, committed on a specific date in 2021.

The trial, expected to finish early next week, continues.

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