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Sittingbourne pair Maksim Volkon and Vitalijs Alehovics jailed for sex attack on 'unconscious' woman in street

16 December 2013
by Keith Hunt
Two perverts have each been jailed for three-and-a-half years after they took advantage of an "unconscious" woman in the street and sexually assaulted her.
Maksim Volkon, 32, and 26-year-old Vitalijs Alehovics, from Sittingbourne, were originally charged with rape - but their guilty pleas to causing a woman to engage in sexual activity without her consent was accepted.
Maidstone Crown Court heard Raymond Austin was walking along Milton Road, in Sittingbourne, at about 3.30am on July 14 when he saw three people under a railway bridge.
Maksim Volkon

Maksim Volkon

Prosecutor Andrew Espley said as Mr Austin got nearer, he saw the woman was lying on her side with one of the men behind her and the other in front of her.
Both had their trousers down and the woman's trousers had been pulled down below her bottom.
"It was clear the woman was either unconscious or under the influence of drink or drugs..." - prosecutor Andrew Espley
"It was plain to him they were engaging in some sort of sexual activity," said Mr Espley. "It was clear the woman was either unconscious or under the influence of drink or drugs.
"The man behind was thrusting slowly backwards and forwards which gave the impression he was having sex with her. The other man was lying in front of the victim."
Mr Austin asked if the woman was OK and one of the men replied it was his girlfriend and told him to go away, using a four-letter expletive. Mr Austin said he would leave when he knew the woman was alright.
He asked her if she was OK, but she did not reply and was not moving. The other man also swore at him.
When Mr Austin told them he was calling the police, they hurriedly dressed and walked off.
The witness flagged down a police van and Russian Volkon, of Mereleburgh Drive, and Latvian Alehovics, of Periwinkle Close, were arrested.
Vitalijs Alehovics

Vitalijs Alehovics

Both claimed they were drunk and claimed they were only urinating at the time. Volkon said he had seen the woman asleep.
"The victim was vulnerable," said Mr Espley. "The offences took place in public, compounding her degradation and humiliation."
Alehovics and Volkon were placed on the sex offenders' register for life.
Judge Michael Carroll said the victim was "hopelessly unconscious" when she was assaulted.
"Although she was almost completely unaware of what was happening at the time I am sure she has been made aware of it since," he said. "They certainly took advantage."
The was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

The boy is to appear at Maidstone Crown Court

DC Jackie Curtis, from Kent Police, said: "This was an appalling attack on a vulnerable woman on her way home after a night out.

"Thanks to the quick-thinking of the witness who did absolutely the right thing by contacting police, we were able to quickly arrest those responsible and secure evidence.

"The impact that night had will no doubt still be felt by the victim, but I would like to take this opportunity to praise her for the bravery she displayed. She showed the strength of character to talk about what happened."

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