Tuesday 26 September 2017

Alleged rape victim denies working as prostitute

Conor Gallagher

A MOTHER who says she and her four-year-old son were abducted before she was repeatedly raped has denied that she was an escort working for her alleged attacker.

It was put to the woman that she was an escort who specialised in "dominatrix and bondage activities" as well as "dressing up".

It was also alleged that she worked for the accused and had stolen several thousand euro from him with the help of two other escorts.

The woman was being cross-examined by the accused man's defence counsel, Mark Lynam BL, on day five of the trial.

She insisted that she had never met the defendant before the incident, had never worked as an escort and had only learned his name this week.

Mr Lynam put it to the woman that a "nurse's outfit", which the accused allegedly made her put on, had been brought by her.

He said the woman was lying when she said the accused made her call him "daddy" and pretend to be 10 years old.

"Men paid you for sex, to dress up in uniforms, to tie them up," he said.

The woman denied these suggestions, asking what prostitute would do this with their four-year-old child with them.

"It's ridiculous," she added.

The prosecution alleges that the man lured the woman and her child into an apartment before subjecting her to "a terrifying ordeal of sexual depravity". Gardai were alerted when they found the child wandering alone in the city centre and freed the woman 12 hours later.

The accused man (42) has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010 in Dublin.

He also denies child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

Counsel put it to the witness that she was trying to avoid the accused and that when he confronted her outside the apartment building about the stolen money, she went inside with him to try explain herself.

The witness repeated her earlier testimony, that she followed the accused into the apartment because he had told her an elderly woman had fallen and needed help.

Counsel said this was "fanciful". He put it to her that once inside, she was demanding drugs and began taking mephedrone. He said she then became hysterical and cut her throat "in a frenzy".

The witness denied ever demanding drugs. She said after the rapes and sexual assaults the accused had given her a tablet which he said would "relax her" before leaving her in the bathtub.

She repeated her evidence that she cut her throat earlier while holding a piece of glass in a bid to convince the accused she would kill herself if he didn't free her and her son.

Mr Lynam said she had known the accused for over a year before stealing money from him. He said that money his client allegedly stole from her was actually her paying him back what she had taken.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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