Ipswich gang ‘plied teenager with drink and drugs’ before alleged rape, court hears

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Gregg Brown

A gang of Ipswich men plied a vulnerable teenager with drink and drugs before taking it in turns to have sex with her, it has been alleged.

The 15-year-old, who was unhappy at home and had “gone off the rails”, was “off her head and out if it” when the four men allegedly raped her, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Stephen Spence, prosecuting, claimed the alleged victim had started mixing with the wrong crowd and had become involved in drink and drugs after the break-up of her parents’ marriage.

On October 16 last year she was grounded by her mother but had left her home without her shoes which had been taken away from her, and met up with 32-year-old Bartosz Kowalewski.

He allegedly took her to a house in Bulwer Road, Ipswich which was used as a clubhouse by him and fellow members of a gang called “Soldiers of Odin”.

Mr Spence claimed that Kowalewski had telephoned his friends and invited them to join him at Bulwer Road.

Mr Spence alleged the plan was that the teenager was to be plied with drunk and drugs so that Kowalewski and his friends could use her for their sexual pleasure.

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“The prosecution say that was to take place whether or not she was properly consenting,” he said.

He said the alleged victim allegedly heard Kowalewski talking about her and saying something about “having a threesome.”

Mr Spence claimed the girl had been “off her head and out of it” because of drugs and alcohol she had been given and was aware of men taking it in turns to have allegedly have sex with her.

The alleged incident came to an end when police went to the house after the girl’s mother reported her missing.

Kowalewski, 32, of Norwich Road; James Bamber, 29, of Burns Road; Mateusaz Nowakowski, 25, of Yarmouth Road and Aurimas Nabazas, 34, of Lavender Hill, all of Ipswich, have denied two offences of conspiracy to rape on October 16 last year.

Kowalewski has also denied facilitating the travel of the teenager with a view to her being sexually exploited.

The trial continues.