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Emily Hunt vindicated at last: Five years ago, she woke up naked in a hotel next to a stranger with no memory

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Emily Hunt’s last recollection was enjoying lunch with father five hours earlier.But then she found herself, head thumping, lying next to a man she didn’t know.She instinctively knew something had happened that she hadn’t consented to.

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Emily Hunt vindicated at last

For many years, it has been abundantly clear to Emily Hunt how some people working in the criminal justice system viewed her.

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I was just another woman who had got drunk and found herself in bed with a man and who then woke up afterwards regretting it.-Emily Hunt

And it is certainly true that, when the then 36-year-old strategy consultant had groggily woken up naked in a five-star London hotel bedroom next to a stranger, she had no memory at all of how she had got there.

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Her last recollection had been of enjoying a convivial lunch with her father five hours earlier.

But then Emily Hunt had found herself, her head thumping, lying next to a man she didn’t know who was fully clothed and casually flicking through the television channels with a remote control as he leaned against the headboard next to her. Chillingly, she could hear him laughing.

Yet while Emily Hunt couldn’t remember anything about the previous few hours, Emily instinctively knew one thing: something had happened to her that she had not consented to.

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It has taken her five exhausting years to prove this in court – a brave battle for justice that saw every area of her life (her career, relationships and mental health) crumble.

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Emily Hunt was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and at one point tried to take her own life. But so determined was she to get justice and hold that man to account that she began a crowdfunding campaign, raising £27,000 in an ultimately futile attempt to bring a private prosecution after the Crown Prosecution Service did not take up the case.

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And despite the fact that exactly how she ended up in that hotel room is still shrouded in mystery, last week her battle finally ended in a landmark victory, when, on Friday, the man she found herself in bed with – who can now be named for the first time as Christopher Killick, 40 – pleaded guilty to voyeurism at Thames magistrates court.

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