A 32-year-old man has been found guilty of raping a frightened and crying 20-year-old British woman after she gave her cannabis.
The man, not mentioned in reports, was found guilty of raping the British woman near the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa on June 26, 2019.
The victim told the Larnaca-Famagusta Criminal Court that after finishing her shift, she walked home at a resort bar around 3 a.m. when the defendant suddenly appeared.
She said she spoke to him when she recognized him from the area, and he had offered to find them laughing gas.
The woman, who worked at the resort for the summer season, said that she then got into his car because she felt safe, but that she “never intended, looked for, or expected to have sex with the defendant.”
The court heard that the man pulled out a bag of cannabis while driving and stopped twice to buy balloons to fill with nitrous oxide.
However, the victim then realized she was being driven far from her home and sent her location in a message to her friend when she started to worry.
The man stopped the car near the city of Sotira, with the victim saying she was scared because they were in a dark and remote location.
She had reluctantly agreed to smoke the cannabis and said that she did not want to annoy him, and had repeatedly told him that she wanted to go home, but the court heard that the man grabbed her and threw it against a railing.
He ignored the fact that she started crying then, the court heard.
She said she would not act if the defendant had decided to harm her, and then raped her, despite the fact that she repeatedly yelled that she just wanted to go home.
The defendant then dropped the woman at her apartment and rang the doorbell in shock. One of her housemates said she was “very upset, she was crying and her hair was messy and she didn’t speak for a long time”.
After reporting the case, the defendant was arrested, but alleged that the woman had sex with him.
The court ruled that his testimony was unreliable and he will be sentenced on May 25.