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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle taxi driver cleared of sex attack

A taxi driver has been cleared of carrying out a sex attack on a passenger.

Dariusz Kowalczyk photo
Dariusz Kowalczyk

Related: Carlisle taxi man denies ‘rape lies’

Dariusz Kowalczyk, 48, had been accused of “behaving in a sexually predatory way” and of launching a serious assault on the woman after parking in a secluded part of Carlisle.

But a jury returned a not guilty verdict following a four-day trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Mr Kowalczyk, of Esther Street on Carlisle’s Currock estate, was visibly emotional as he walked free from the court’s dock after the jury foreman announced the verdict.

The cabbie had denied a charge of orally raping the woman.

The prosecution in the case had claimed that Mr Kowalczyk drove her to a “quiet spot” at Stainton, near Etterby, Carlisle, before carrying out an attack.

But Mr Kowalczyk said that everything that happened was consensual.

Mr Kowalczyk, a Polish national, sat alongside an interpreter in the dock during the trial.

The jury deliberated for four hours and 19 minutes before returning the not guilty verdict.

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