Thursday 23 March 2017

Facebook used to threaten sex assault suspect, court is told

Conor Gallagher

A WOMAN sent a rape accused a Facebook message warning him she could get him beaten up in prison.

"We'll see who the walkover is then," the message to her former boyfriend added.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to rape with an implement, sexual assault and assault causing harm at the couple's home in Louth on July 9, 2010.

The jury heard that he began beating the woman when they got home from a party and went on to rip her clothes off and used his inhaler to rape her.

During cross examination the woman denied she had a drink problem but admitted she had been in trouble with gardai several times for alcohol-related offences.

The Central Criminal Court heard that on the day of the alleged rape, the woman was detained by gardai in relation to an earlier conviction. She said she was released later that day.

When presented with the Facebook message, the women replied: "I'd a lot of people offering to beat up (the accused)."

She denied starting a fight with her boyfriend and rejected a suggestion that she is "emotionally volatile".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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