Danushka Gunathilaka: Woman says she feared for her life during alleged rape by World Cup cricketer


Sydney, Australia
CNN

A woman allegedly raped by a Sri Lankan World Cup cricketer in Sydney, Australia, last week told police she feared for her life during the attack, according to court documents reported by 7 News affiliate from CNN.

Danushka Gunathilaka faces four charges of non-consensual sex after he was arrested by police in Sydney on November 5, shortly after his team played their final T20 Cricket World Cup match.

Gunathilaka maintains his innocence of all charges and intends to vigorously defend the matter in court, his lawyer told CNN on Thursday.

Police reports released by a Sydney court on Wednesday and reported by CNN affiliate 7 News detail the police allegations against Gunathilaka.

The woman, who has not been identified, told police the pair went on a date in Sydney after meeting on Tinder, according to police and reported by 7 News.

Police say the pair went to the woman’s home in the port suburb of Rose Bay, where the woman says the alleged rape took place, 7 News reported.

According to the police document, the victim alleges Gunathilaka refused to wear a condom and choked the woman three times, 7 News reported.

7 News reported details of a police interview given by the cricketer following Gunathilaka’s arrest.

Police say they “corroborated part of the alleged victim’s story but denied that he had been violent or that consent had not been given.”

“The complainant attempted to remove the accused’s hand by grabbing her wrist, but the accused tightened her grip on her neck,” the police document says, according to 7 News.

“The complainant was in fear for her life and could not get away from the accused,” 7 News reported citing the police report.

“He continually tried to move away from the defendant, a clear indication that he was not consenting,” police allege according to 7 News.

Prosecutors allege the woman did not consent to intercourse without a condom or any of the other sexual acts, 7 News reported.

Gunathilaka is being held without bail. He has not entered a plea in the case.

7 News reports that the next hearing in the case is January 12.

CNN has not obtained the court documents.

This year, strict new sexual consent laws came into force in the state of New South Wales, requiring sexual partners to obtain verbal or physical consent before having sex, and sexual partners have the responsibility to clarify that consent has been given.

The law states that sexual consent to one act does not guarantee consent to other acts.

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