Ex-cop fined for sex attack on online date
A QUEENSLAND police officer who strangled a woman in her own bed telling her she “looked like a girl who liked to be choked” has been ordered to pay $5000 in compensation.
Kurt Alexander Nesterowich, 25, who previously worked as a police officer in Cairns, was yesterday sentenced in the Brisbane District Court for the common assault of a woman in her Brisbane home in April 2016.
The assault involved choking the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, three times and telling her she “looked like a girl who liked to be choked in bed” and that she was a “c---”.
Nesterowich (above) was charged with two counts of rape and sexual assault relat- ing to the incident but was acquitted of two of the charges in May.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions later withdrew the second count of rape. Despite this, Judge Michael Shanahan said he accepted the victim’s version of events that Nesterowich had digitally raped and choked the 29-year-old woman as she lay in bed with him around 2am the day he met her.
The pair had met on the dating website Plenty of Fish.
“In my view, the complainant’s evidence should be accepted in its entirety as to what occurred,” he said.
“The jury obviously rejected your account that this was all consensual contact however they were of the view the crown could not exclude honest and reasonable mistake of fact in relation to consent …”
Mr Shanahan said it was ag- gravating feature Nesterowich was a serving police officer when the offences occurred.
The court heard Nesterowich, who previously had worked for the police service in Cairns, had been suspended when charged with rape but was dismissed from the service before the trial after being convicted of public nuisance.
Nesterowich did not have a conviction recorded and was ordered to pay compensation.