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Girl denies wanting to 'experiment' with her alleged attacker

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: September 28, 2009

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A TEENAGER has denied claims that she wanted "sexual experimentation" with a man who allegedly raped her on a deserted fairground ride.

The Exeter girl, who was 16 at the time of the alleged offence, was being cross-examined in the trial of 24-year-old Michael Gilka, at Exeter Crown Court.

Gilka, of Magdalen Gardens, St Leonard's, in Exeter, denied three charges of raping the girl in an incident in the early hours of New Year's Day this year.

The court has heard he encountered the girl when she was lost and looking for her friends outside the Mosaic bar, in Mary Arches Street.

The prosecution claims he offered to walk her back to a previous pub to find her friends, but instead tried to kiss her outside McDonalds, then pulled her onto the carousel outside Marks & Spencer, in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, and repeatedly raped her.

Defence counsel Fiona Elder questioned the girl about how drunk she felt.

She replied: "A bit tipsy. I sobered up because I lost my friends."

Miss Elder asked the girl whether she kissed Gilka back outside McDonalds.

"Yeah, for a moment because it took me a moment to register what was going on," said the girl, adding she was flattered but explained to him that she was not interested because she was a lesbian.

"I was a bit wierded out," she said. "I don't know this guy, he's a stranger, met him a couple of minutes ago and he's coming on to me."

She said "no" when asked by defence counsel if there was "an element of sexual experimentation about it" for her.

The girl said she tried to walk off, but Gilka persisted in following her and she did not want a row with someone on New Year's Eve.

"I know I could have just legged it but I'm not a fast runner," she said, agreeing with Miss Elder that Gilka had not threatened her.

She described accepting Gilka's suggestion to walk through the shopping centre because it was a shortcut.

The girl denied any mention of a "quickie," adding that was most unlike her and that she had been very sexually inexperienced.

Describing going on to the carousel, she said: "I can't remember now, as I blocked it out but there was a degree of pulling and pushing to get under the tarpaulin."

Miss Elder questioned why she was vague about how she got on to the carousel, when the rest of her account was detailed.

She replied: "How I got on to the carousel wasn't particularly memorable, it was what happened on the carousel that was memorable for the wrong reasons."

Miss Elder said: "Is it because you quite willingly got on to the carousel with that man?"

"I did not want to have sex with that man," replied the girl.

The trial continues.

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