British army Gurkha, 26, hid in toilet to sexually assault cleaner after she rejected him twice

British army Gurkha, 26, is found guilty of sexual assault after he hid in toilet for cleaner then tried to drag her into cubicle after she twice rejected his offer of a kiss

By Matthew Lodge For Mailonline





A British Army Gurkha has been convicted of sexual assault after he repeatedly pestered a cleaner for a kiss and then tried to drag drag her into a toilet cubicle for sex.

Rifleman Tarahang Rai waited in the toilet block and begged the woman for a kiss each time she returned to do her job, a court martial heard.

When she rejected his advances, the 26-year-old soldier hid in a cubicle before grabbing her by the wrists, asking her for sex and trying to drag her inside.

He made the unwanted advances on two occasions before she went to try to clean the toilets for a third time, thinking he had left when he was actually hiding in the cubicle.

Rifleman Tarahang Rai, pictured here outside the court, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a cleaner at Tuker Lines base in Brunei

Rfn Rai denied the charge but was found guilty by a military court, which did not believe his defence that the victim was lying because he had rejected her advances

She told the court Rfn Rai did not let go of her hands until she threatened to shout for help.

Rfn Rai denied assaulting the cleaner, claiming she came onto him and made up the allegation after he turned down her advances.

But he was found guilty following a trial at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire.

The court heard the woman was cleaning on the Tuker Lines base in Brunei at the time.

Prosecuting, William Peters said: 'The female cleaner encountered Rfn Rai on three occasions within the men's toilet that it was her job to clean.

'On the first two occasions he made suggestive comments to her and asked for a kiss and on the third and final occasion he actually grabbed hold of her and tried to pull her into the cubicle having again asked her for a kiss.'


Mr Peters told the court the female cleaner first went to the men's toilet block to wash some mugs and was met with silence after calling out to check there was no one inside.

After entering the block, she found Rfn Rai who asked her to kiss him.

The cleaner left to carry out other cleaning duties and returned to the toilets later only to find Rfn Rai still waiting inside.

British army Gurkha, 26, hid in toilet to sexually assault cleaner after she rejected him twice

On the third occasion, the woman called out again to no response but was shocked when Rfn Rai appeared from behind a partially closed cubicle door, the court heard.

The woman said Rfn Rai grabbed her hands and dragged her into a cubicle in the toilet, before asking her for sex

Mr Peters said: 'He emerged and and continued where he left off, harassing her, but took it a stage further and grabbed hold of her forcefully and tried to pull her to the toilet. After a relatively short time, she was able to push him off.'

The cleaner said it was 'painful' when Rfn Rai grabbed her wrists and she was 'scared' of losing her job if she made a fuss.

She said: 'He asked me to kiss him and then wanted to do a bad thing.

'I wanted to scream but I did not want to create any trouble at the time because I was scared of losing my job.

'I rejected him politely because I know the Army is more powerful than a weak woman.

'I said 'please leave me alone'... he said 'just a couple of minutes, just for a few minutes'.

'I tried to get out but he wouldn't let me go.

'I said 'just let me go, just let me go', he said 'no'.

'He asked for sex... I told him I wasn't really interested.

A hearing at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire (pictured) was told Rfn Rai only let go of the woman when she threatened to shout and alert others

'I was very scared. I tried to calm down myself [and tried] not to panic. He was forcing me to kiss him, I told him let me go or I would shout.

'Once I told him I would shout he [let go of] my hands.'

After breaking free from Rfn Rai's 'rough' grip and leaving the toilets, the woman reported the incident to her boss.

The court dismissed Rfn Rai's defence that the cleaner had come on to him by calling him 'cute' and that she filed the complaint because she was upset at how he had rejected her.

He had claimed she made advances to him while he was urinating and that he blocked her on Facebook after she messaged him.

She denied this, saying she had never messaged Rfn Rai on Facebook.

Rfn Rai, of the 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles, will be sentenced for one charge of sexual assault at a later date.

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