Sunday 24 September 2017

Father of four offers €10,000 to rape victim

Emer Connolly

A FATHER of four convicted of raping a woman he had asked to clean his house has offered €10,000 to his victim.

The 47-year-old, who cannot be identified to protect his victim's identity, had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman at the house on July 5, 2010. He was convicted by a jury at the end of a trial in May.

Detective Garda Colette Acton told the court that during garda interviews, the accused maintained there had been consensual sex.

Counsel for the prosecution, Sean Gillane, earlier told Mr Justice Barry White that the man had approached the non-national woman on a street and asked her to clean a house.

They travelled to the house and he set out cleaning tasks. Upstairs in the house, he started to kiss her and touch her body. "She was afraid if she said 'No' to him it would make matters worse," said Mr Gillane. He then raped her. The following day, she made a complaint.

Defence counsel Brendan Grehan said the accused had a bank draft for €10,000 in court, which he said may "go some way towards easing the financial woes that she has".

Mr Justice White said he would adjourn sentencing until October 8 and remanded the man on continuing bail.

Irish Independent

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