29-year-old woman beaten, raped in a brutal sexual assault
A rapist whose victim was forced to scramble up an embankment and fling herself onto oncoming traffic to get away has been jailed for 15 years
Lukas Slusarczyk, 23, was one of two men who raped the woman in secluded woods next to the A666 near Bolton, Lancashire, in April.
During a trial at Bolton Crown Court a jury heard how the 29-year-old woman was beaten and hit over the head with a log before being raped.
Miraculously, she managed to escape by scrambling up the embankment – but not before being subjected to the terrifying assault.
Slusarczck was the second man to rape the victim,her first attacker was Krystian Bielon; however, he claimed he walked away from the woods before the woman was assaulted.
Bielon was found not guilty of rape following a trial in September when Slusarczyk was convicted.
At his sentencing hearing the court heard that Slusarczyk, of no fixed address, maintains he did not rape the woman and that sex was consensual.
However, Judge Richard Gioserano criticised his attitude and called his lie ‘absurd and offensive’.
Judge Gioserano said: ‘You have not shown a moment’s remorse for what you did to her. She was brutalised, degraded and vulnerable. Rather than show her mercy, you raped her as well.’
During his two-week trial the jury was told how the woman had met Bielon, Slusarczyk and Slusarczyk’s younger brother, Piotr, outside a pub.
The woman had no money and so accepted their invitation to go with them to the Premier shop in Bolton Road where Bielon bought vodka and coke.
The woman was reluctant to go back to their home to drink the alcohol, but agreed to accompany them to the woods at Moses Gate.
Judge Gioserano said the woman may have, wrongly, felt safer sitting the open air with them.
He added that he accepted that at that point the men did not intend to rape her, but believed she might have sex willingly with one or more of them.
However, when the woman slapped Bielon after he tried to kiss her, the atmosphere changed and she was smashed over the head with a log, beaten, had her underwear torn from her and was raped by one of the men.
Judge Gioserano added that the jury must have found the victim was mistaken about the identity of the attacker whom she believed was Bielon.
Judge Gioserano added: ‘She was terrified and rendered senseless and defenceless. ‘You watched what that first man did. Her ordeal was not to end. You showed her no mercy – you brutally raped her as well.’
The woman played dead and Slusarczyk started to walk away, and that’s when she took the opportunity to escape.
Pursued by one of the men, she scrambled up on to the A-road and threw herself over a barrier into oncoming traffic where motorists stopped to help her.
Judge Gioserano said: ‘One of those who went to her aid said she looked like she had been hit by a car.’
In a victim impact statement read out in court the woman said: ‘I felt so bad that about two months after this happened I was talking about hanging myself. I am glad I didn’t.
‘I am glad about one thing – I made it to the top of that hill and on to the road. Because I did that I still have my life. I really thought I was going to die if I didn’t get out of there.’
Judge Gioserano ruled that Slusarczyk poses a serious risk of harm to the public and passed an extended sentenced comprised of 15 years in prison with a further three years on licence.
He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.