Darts player denies sex assault charges

Burnley Crown Court
Burnley Crown Court
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A darts professional allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager who considered herself his “ number one fan” when he played in a championship tournament at Blackpool 14 years ago, a jury has heard.

Kevin Spiolek, now 51, is said to have performed indecent acts with the girl and asked her if she wanted sex with him.

Spiolek is alleged to have struck at the afternoon and evening sessions in one day, during the summer tournament at the resort’s Winter Gardens.

The girl told only her teenage boyfriend about what she claimed had gone on, but recorded events in a diary and Spiolek was arrested last October, after she showed it to friends, Burnley Crown Court was told.

The hearing was told when the defendant was questioned by police, he denied anything sexual had ever gone on and described the allegations as “a load of garbage,” Spiolek, of Water Lane, Oakington, Cambridge, denies four counts of indecent assault, said to have taken place in July 1999.

Jeremy Lasker, prosecuting, said at the time the defendant was a professional darts player, was well-known and well respected on the circuit and appeared to have been happily married.

The teenage fan was from a family interested in professional darts and they would go to Blackpool to watch the tournament every year.

Mr Lasker told the court players would mingle with members of the public, pose for photographs and give autographs, the same fans would return year after year and got to know the players.

He added: “The girl became a fan of this particular player. In fact, she may have regarded herself as his number one fan and the Crown suggest that the defendant himself may have been very well aware of that fact.”

The prosecutor said in 1999, the girl took a friend with her to the tournament and they sat on the balcony.

The alleged offences took place on July 27. He added: “The reason the Crown say that she can be so precise is throughout this period of her life she kept a full diary, recording events that took place in her life.”

Mr Lasker said the girls were watching the darts, Spiolek had just lost a match, went up on the balcony and the teenager commiserated with him. Mr Lasker went on to outline the alleged offences.

“In the course of this incident, there was some conversation between the two of them. The girl said to the defendant at one stage, ‘Aren’t you married?’,” added Mr Lasker.

“The alleged incident came to an end and the girl went back to her friend as if absolutely nothing had happened.”

Mr Lasker said although the girl may have been surprised and confused about what took place, the Crown did not suggest that any of the touching was against her will,

He added: “But, the fact is, that at the time she was only 14. She would have been under the age of consent. The Crown say the defendant would have known that .”

(Proceeding)

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