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Accused Newbury College student Jakub Dulas may claim sexual assault complainant consented, jury told

A MAN accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in a toilet assured her: “It won’t take long,” a jury heard.

Jakub Dulas is accused of luring the teenager into a disabled cubicle before kissing her, putting his hands under her bra and sexually assaulting her underneath her underwear.

Reading Crown Court
Reading Crown Court

The court has heard that forensic tests showed Mr Dulas’ DNA on the inside of her bra.

In interview, he is said to have responded to questions about that by replying “no comment”.

The 21-year-old, of Curling Way, Newbury, is on trial at Reading Crown Court for three counts of sexual assault, all on the same occasion and denies the alleged victim’s account.

Charles Ward-Jackson, prosecuting, has told jurors that Newbury College student Mr Dulas has “mild learning difficulties”.

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

Mr Ward-Jackson read some of the messages and said: “You get the gist, members of the jury – he is chatting her up.”

The prosecution has alleged that, during an agreed rendezvous, Mr Dulas locked her in the toilet before grabbing and kissing her passionately.

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.

On Thursday, February 22, an adult to whom the complainant turned for help told jurors that she had told her: “He said ‘it won’t take long.’

The adult added: “She told me she said: ‘I don’t want it; I don’t want to be in here; I want to go out.’

“She said he grabbed her by the wrist and blocked the door and that she went blank.

“He put his hand down...she pushed him away, opened the door and ran away.”

The complainant told the woman her left wrist and thumb were painful as a result of the alleged attack, the court heard.

Cross examined by Francis McGrath, defending, the woman conceded that Mr Dulas would have been breaking rules by kissing the young woman on college grounds.

The jury has been told that, despite initial denials that anything sexual happened between them, Mr Dulas’ defence may be that the young woman consented.

A police officer who gave evidence agreed, when cross examined by Mr McGrath, that around one month after the alleged incident, the complainant had sent his client an electronic message containing three kisses.

The trial, expected to finish this week, continues.

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