Fairground worker raped sleeping student

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A FAIRGROUND worker who took advantage of a sleeping student has been jailed for seven years.

The teenager, now 19, told how she and friends went to Thomas Michalowski’s caravan parked by a show-ground at Lochore Meadows, Crosshill, Fife.

She said they drank Buckfast and cider before the others left, leaving her alone with Michalowski, 43, who began to kiss her and tried to touch her.

“I asked him to stop,” she told a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh, giving her evidence from behind a screen.

She said he did stop when she asked him to, and they sat up on the couch in the caravan.

“Things in the caravan were fine,” she said after her friends returned briefly and they all listened to music.

Then, said the 19-year-old, she woke to find Michalowski having sex with her.

He jumped off the bed and wrapped himself in a blanket. She put her jeans on and texted a friend: “Come and get me.” When there was no reply she ran from the caravan.

Back at the hostel where she was staying, the 19-year-old told staff some of the details of that night’s events.

Michalowski of Manscroft Place, Glasgow, insisted that nothing had happened.

But a jury took only half an hour to reach a majority verdict, finding him guilty of raping the student “whilst she was asleep and incapable of giving or withholding consent” last March 19.

The jury also found Michalowski guilty of attempting to rape another student, who was also 18 at the time, in a caravan at Craigston Farm, Winchburgh, West Lothian, on June 25 2011.

Judge Lord Kinclaven, jailing Michalowski at the High Court in Edinburgh told him he had been found guilty of serious offences against vulnerable teenagers.

Solicitor advocate Neil Hay, defending, said Michalowski still maintained his innocence.

Lord Kinclaven also made an order extending Michalowski’s licence conditions by a further three years after the end of his sentence.