Saturday 25 March 2017

Gardaí searched Czech man's home after claim of violent rape

Ms O’Connor, of Steelroe, Killorglin, is on trial now on a charge of knowingly making a false report and wasting garda time. She denies the charge (Stock Picture)
Ms O’Connor, of Steelroe, Killorglin, is on trial now on a charge of knowingly making a false report and wasting garda time. She denies the charge (Stock Picture)

Anne Lucey

A Czech national living in Killarney was identified by gardaí as the chief suspect in an enquiry in which a 26-year-old woman claimed she was violently raped.

Jacinta O'Connor (26) went to Killarney Garda Station at 4am on September 22 after a night out and said she was grabbed and pulled to the ground and violently raped behind the town's courthouse. She gave a detailed description of the 'Pakistani-looking', "foreign, tanned-skinned" attacker who spoke English with a foreign accent and wore a green hoodie.

The next day she made a lengthy statement giving a graphic account of violent rapes. However, mid-way through viewing CCTV images on October 10, Ms O'Connor withdrew her statement after she was shown leaving the Grand Hotel nightclub with an Irish man with whom she had had a past sexual relationship.

She told gardai she was sorry - she had had consensual sex and had not been raped by the man in the green hoodie.

Ms O'Connor, of Steelroe, Killorglin, is on trial now on a charge of knowingly making a false report and wasting garda time. She denies the charge

The trial in Tralee was told on Thursday that gardaí in Killarney had obtained CCTV from around 30 locations. On September 25, they obtained a search warrant, went to the home of a Czech man, and confiscated clothing including the man's green hoodie.

In March 2015, under arrest, Ms O'Connor told gardaí she knew she had sex with someone. She remembered having sex "but not who with".

"I'm sorry for all the time I have wasted and to the other guy," she said.

Judge Thomas E O'Donnell will charge the jury of nine women and three men today.

Irish Independent

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