A British Army Gurkha sexually assaulted a feminine colleague at Sandhurst military academy by way of “impersonating” some other soldier within the elite regiment, who she had up to now slept with, a court docket martial has heard.
Rifleman Sujan Gurung puzzled the woman through banging on her door in the early hours of the morning and pretending he was some other soldier who she had intercourse with the week before.
the woman, who cannot be named for criminal purposes, told police that in the darkish she initially couldn’t inform who it was as a result of “they’re all Gurkhas they usually all look the similar”.
Rfn Gurung, a member of make stronger body of workers on the Royal Military Academy, many times asked “do you remember me from last weekend?” during the incident, the court heard.
On Wednesday, Rfn Gurung seemed at Bulford Military Courtroom, Wiltshire, assisted by a Nepalese interpreter, as he faced trial for 3 charges of sexual assault.
William Peters, prosecuting, advised the listening to that the assault came about within the alleged victim’s bed room in an lodging block at Sandhurst.
He said: “She went to bed early, she drank approximately two and a half bottles of beer but didn’t finish the beverages as a result of she was drained and fell asleep.
“the following factor she knew she used to be awoken at approximately 3.45am to continuous knocking on her door, her door used to be locked and the care for was once being attempted.
“She had no concept who it used to be or what they sought after. the next factor she saw a face on the window. It took place to her then that it would had been a man she had slept with the former weekend.
“an excessively under the influence of alcohol Rfn Gurung was constantly banging on her door.
“Awoken from sleep and in digital darkness she it appears that evidently opened the door to him, thinking it would had been a Gurkha she had had a drunken sexual come across with in her room the week ahead of.”
Rfn Sujun Gurung is on trial for three charges of sexual attack Credit: Ewan Galvin/Solent News & Photograph Company
Mr Peters said Rfn Gurung then tried to get her to drink a few Jagermeister he had introduced with him and some of the beer she had left unfinished, sooner than launching an assault on her.
Mr Peters instructed the courtroom that Rfn Gurung began kissing and touching her sexually a host of instances, in spite of the girl again and again telling him to prevent.
The prosecutor persevered: “He asked her if she remembered him from the weekend earlier than.
“She requested him what his name was once and he mentioned the other man’s name.”
The court docket heard the girl had stored the former Gurkha’s quantity in her telephone as “Gurkha 1” and threatened to ring it, at which aspect “it turned into clear he used to be not the same man”.
the one approach she may just get rid of him was once through telling him she did not need to have sex that night time as a result of she was once sober but would be ingesting together with his unit the following night.
After he left, she told her pals what had took place and likewise known as “Gurkha 1”, who instructed her it was not him.
When she was once interviewed, the feminine soldier advised Royal Army Police she was “confused” and to start with idea Rfn Gurung should were the other Gurkha she had slept with sooner than because it was once darkish in her room and “they’re all Gurkhas and they all look the similar”.
She informed the courtroom she hadn’t desired to “kick off” initially after the man started kissing her in case it was the same Gurkha.
Girl may just inform he had ‘different accent’
but if Rfn Gurung started seeking to impersonate the opposite man she said she may inform through his accent that it used to be a unique particular person.
the next day, she went to confront the Gurkhas concerning the incident to search out out who it was, the court heard.
Rfn Gurung informed the Royal Army Police he used to be “very drunk that night time and didn’t recognize precisely what happened”.
He mentioned he can have unintentionally touched the feminine soldier’s chest however denied the whole lot else.
Rfn Gurung, of one Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, denies three counts of sexual attack by touching.
The trial continues.