Danushka cried when he told police he was ‘scared’ of woman he is accused of sexually assaulting
A Sri Lankan cricketer broke down in tears during an interview with police as he described the moment he began to feel “scared” and “wanted to go home” from the house of a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her.
International cricket star Danushka Gunathilaka is facing a judge-alone trial at the Downing Centre District Court after pleading not guilty to one charge of sexual assault without consent.The charge relates to an incident on November 2 last year when it is alleged the 32-year-old removed a condom while having sex – known as stealthing – with a woman at her home in Sydney’s east.
The pair first met at the Opera Bar near the Sydney Opera House, where CCTV footage shows them embracing as they meet, before having drinks together in the city and heading back to the woman’s home via ferry.
Gunathilaka was arrested in the early hours of November 6 at the Hyatt Regency, where the Sri Lankan cricket team was staying at the time for the T20 World Cup.
He was then taken to Day Street Police Station where he answered questions for more than two hours.The recorded interview was played to Judge Sarah Huggett during the trial on Wednesday, showing the cricketer become emotional as he spoke about a spiritual conversation he had with the alleged victim.
Gunathilaka told police the pair had sex before they started talking, where the woman said she had the power to “see the future”.
“She has a different power, I don’t know what you call them…I was so interested about those things because I am a Buddhist…” he said in the interview before he began crying.
“We were talking about religious things…she can see in a past life and we chatted about that kind of stuff.”
Gunathilaka told the police officers he asked the woman to tell him about his past life and she told him they used to be Neighbours in Thailand.
The cricketer told police he became scared and “got a feeling” the woman was “a bit weird”, prompting him to tell the woman he wanted to go home. She ordered him a taxi.
The last message Gunathilaka sent the woman was “Thanks” after she provided him with the taxi details.“I didn’t text her and she didn’t text me also,” Gunathilaka told police.
“That’s it, then I’m here.”
Gunathilaka told police the sex between the pair was consensual, and he didn’t pack condoms with him as he didn’t think there was a chance of it happening.
However, Detective Sergeant Laura Beecroft from the Sex Crimes Squad told the court Gunathilaka’s Burberry satchel he was wearing on the night was searched and two condoms were found in wrappers.
The cricketer was asked if at any point he put his penis “into her without a condom on”.
“No, no, definitely not,” Gunathilaka replied.
However, Gunathilaka admitted to telling police he preferred to have sex without a condom, but denied saying he didn’t want to use one during their encounter. – Agencies