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Marius Antananvicius jailed for drunken rape

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Maidstone crown court
Maidstone crown court

by Keith Hunt

A pervert brutally raped a woman in the street as she walked home from a night out in a Kent town, a court heard.

Drunk Marius Antananvicius grabbed the victim by the neck in the early hours, threw her to the ground and violated her.

Jailing the 25-year-old Lithuanian for four years eight months, a judge said the offence was prolonged and vicious and must have been “horrendous and terrifying”.

Under an extended sentence for public protection, Antananvicius, of no fixed address, will be on licence for a further three years.

The attack happened on March 5 near a subway off the bridge close to Maidstone Crown Court, where sentence was passed on Friday.

The woman was shown on CCTV footage walking from the town centre with him following her at about 2am.

Bridget Todd, prosecuting, said Antananvicius first tried to kiss the woman and when she resisted he pushed her to the ground.

She tried to kick out and shout for help but he put his hand over her mouth. He took off her trousers and raped her as she tried to fight him off.

Miss Todd told Judge David Griffith-Jones QC: “She tried to scream out saying: ‘Why are you doing this to me?”

He then committed another sex act on her. She had no energy to fight back and was crying. She managed to hit out at him but he then punched her several times.

Antananvicius only stopped when she vomited over him. As she tried to pick up her underwear, he told her: “Look at the water. I am about to throw you in the water.”

She was still naked from the waist down as he dragged her by her ankles. She feared she was facing death, said the prosecutor.

He suddenly fled. She dressed and walked home.

The woman told her fiancé what happened and he called the police against her wishes. She was treated for cuts and bruises to her body.

Miss Todd said deportation papers had been served on Antanavicius, who had worked as a ship builder in his own country.

Judge Griffith-Jones said the woman had bravely tried to fight off Antananvicius, but even in his drunken state he was too strong for her.

“In short, you treated her with utter contempt,” he said. “You subjected her to a vicious and prolonged attack. The experience for her must have been horrendous and terrifying.

“You dragged her, still half naked, to the river and threatened to throw her in. You simply departed leaving her in a terrible state.

“You showed no real regret. The only real mitigation is your guilty plea.”

Antananvicius will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

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