03:19PM, Friday 08 July 2016
A mechanical engineering student who ‘brutally beat and raped’ a woman in a Slough park has been found guilty.
The jury in the trial of Damian Kazimierczak, 19, of Salt Hill Way, returned its verdict this afternoon (Friday).
Kazimierczak was found guilty of one count of attempted murder and rape.
Between 2am and 3am on 28 December the victim, a 36-year-old woman, was attacked by Kazimierczak in Salt Hill Park.
The attack took place close to the footpath near the A4 Bath Road, almost directly opposite the town hall.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received serious facial and neck injuries that required immediate medical attention, followed by operations.
She remained in hospital for several days after the assault.
Kazimierczak, who was not known to authorities in the UK or his birthplace in Poland, was arrested on January 9 and charged with the offences on January 10.
During the trial, the court heard how the ex-Slough and Eton Secondary said he had paid for consensual sex with the victim but denied attacking her.
He claimed that the victim had mistaken him for somebody else and called the evidence against him, including the presence of the victim’s blood on his shoes, a ‘coincidence.’
Senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown, said: “This was a vicious attack which left the victim with severe injuries, as well as mental scars that cannot be healed.
“The victim was left unconscious and semi-naked after being brutally beaten and raped.
“Kazimierczak has always maintained the attack was down to another unknown individual. However, given that the victim’s blood was found on Kazimierczak’s shoes, that she courageously picked him out in an identity procedure and that she maintained the man she met on the Bath Road was her attacker, corroborated as Kazimierczak by CCTV evidence, the jury’s conclusion, having considered this and other powerful evidence, is the correct one.
“Thankfully the jury saw through Kazimierczak’s not guilty plea and defence. Justice has now been done. I am grateful to the jury for their concentration throughout the trial and for their considered deliberations.
“I hope the victim can feel some sense of justice that Kazimierczak has been convicted for the terrible crimes he committed.
“Understandably the offences had an impact on the community, especially those who live near and use the Salt Hill Park. I would like to thank the public for their cooperation during our investigation.”
A date for Kazimierczak’s sentencing has not yet been set.