Victim in Uber rape case testified she feared for her life and the life of her dog
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS 12) —
The woman who said her Uber driver raped her after picking her up from Sunfest is testifying in court.
The victim broke down on the stand. She told the jury at one point she thought the Uber driver was going to kill her and her dog.
We are not releasing the victim's identity because of the nature of the crime.
Her accused rapist, Gary Kitchings, listened as the victim answered questions from both the prosecutor and defense attorney.
The victim testified Kitchings picked her up from Sunfest last May along with two other women.
She stated after he dropped off the other two women, Kitchings groped her and forced her to perform oral sex. The victim went into detail on how she tried to escape during the car ride.
“I took off my seatbelt and I tried to open the door to try and jump out,” the victim said.
“And this was your natural instinct to do this,” the attorney asked.
“You know what I realized, this is a nightmare, this guy is a monster and he is going to do things to me I don't want to do. I already told him no many times. I did not have time to think so that was the first thing I thought of,” said the victim.
The victim said the assault continued when Kitchings forced his way into her apartment and raped her in her bedroom. Kitchings argues the sex was consensual.
The defense team exposed some inconsistencies in the victim's testimony and they revealed she made another rape allegation a year earlier in another state.
On Tuesday afternoon, the jury also heard from two women who shared the Uber with the victim.
As well as the victim's neighbor and a female detective with Jupiter Police Department.