Glasgow tourist raped at luxury Sri Lanka resort
Posted on April 26th, 2018

Evening Times Online

A TOURIST from Glasgow who was raped by an electrician at a luxury hotel in Sri Lanka had to get checked after realising she was pregnant.

The woman, in her 30s, discovered she was pregnant on her return and had to be tested to make sure the baby was her husband’s.

She was on holiday with her husband at the Bentota Hotel when she was attacked by the uniformed hotel employee.

She described how the man lured her into an engineering room in the hotel’s grounds and held her by the throat.

The woman was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease after her return.

She sued tour giants, Kuoni Travel Ltd, through which she booked the 2010 package tour.

But now senior judges in London have ruled that neither Kuoni nor the hotel could be blamed for the electrician’s crime.

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, said the attacker was of previous good character and no similar complaints had been made against him.

The hotel had taken up his references before employing him and neither Club Bentota nor Kuoni could have predicted the sex attack.

Neither of them “could have foreseen or forestalled” what he did to the tourist after offering to show her a short cut to the hotel’s reception.

Describing her ordeal, the woman said she had packed a suitcase and left her hotel room after having an early hours row with her husband.

On her way to reception, she was accosted by the electrician who had earlier asked the couple for a drink and a cigarette.

He offered to guide her on a faster route to reception through the grounds, but instead lured her to the engineering room.

There, he tried to grab her bag before tightening his hands round her throat and forcing himself on her.

Claiming £29,000 damages on her behalf, the woman’s lawyers argued Kuoni should be held liable under package tour regulations.

But Sir Terence said the travel company had “no direct relationship” with the attacker, who was a hotel employee.

And the hotel had no reason to suppose from his past history that he might rape one of the guests.

Sir Terence concluded: “Although we have great sympathy for Mrs X in relation to her ordeal and its consequences…we would dismiss this appeal.”

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