12:16PM, Wednesday 29 June 2016
The victim of an attack last December was cross-examined in the second day of the trial of a Slough man charged with attempted murder, rape and GBH with intent at Reading Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).
Damian Kazimerczak, 19, of Salt Hill Way, is accused of attacking a woman as she walked past the Absolutely Ten Pin entrance in Salt Hill Park in the early hours of Monday, December 28 last year.
Yesterday, the court watched video evidence of the victim in police interviews on December 31, 2015 and January 5.
She told police a man, who she identified as Kazimerczak in an identity parade, asked her for a lighter which she gave him. He then grabbed her wrist and dragged her to a bush.
She said he then shouted a Polish sexual expletive and said ‘money’ to her before sitting on her chest and trying to strangle her.
She also claims Kazimerczak put his hands in her mouth and tried to pull her teeth out.
She said she passed out and awoke ’10 minutes to half-an-hour’ later, naked from the waist down, and told a van driver she had been attacked. He called the emergency services and she was taken to Wexham Park Hospital.
On Monday, the court was told Kazimerczak denies attacking the woman, claiming his DNA was found at the scene and under the woman’s fingernails because she was a sex worker and was attempting to find a spot in the park to have consensual, paid-for sex.
Yesterday, Orlando Pownall, defending Kazimerczak, put to the woman, who appeared in court behind a screen, that she offered him sex.
He said: “The truth, I suggest is that you had a conversation with, who at this stage is thought to be the defendant. You asked him if he wanted sex. You then walked together in the park towards some bushes.
“Then he said ‘no, this is too public’ so you moved towards the tennis courts.
“I am suggesting that sex did take place and it was with an agreement of the payment of money.”
Mr Pownall also suggested there were ‘a number of events that might have affected’ her memory, including taking drugs and potentially having concussion after receiving injuries to the face.
The woman said: “Even if I did take drugs I was pretty fine.”
The trial continues.
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