Thursday 19 October 2017

Jury continues deliberations in Tinder rape trial

A jury is continuing deliberations in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. Stock photo
A jury is continuing deliberations in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. Stock photo

Eimear Cotter

A JURY will continue its deliberations tomorrow morning in the trial of a man accused of raping his Tinder date.

The 36-year-old man has claimed he had fully consensual sex with the woman and told gardai, during interview, that he didn’t beat her up, or use violence or threats.

He also told gardai he did not rape the woman, saying “I did not rape that girl, as much as you’ve tried to intimidate me, I will not change”.

However, he admitted he “hoped” and “expected” to have sex with her because of earlier text conversations.

The man has pleaded not guilty to rape at Kilmashogue Lane, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin on September 11, 2014.

It is the State’s case that the accused raped the university student in his car after driving her up the Dublin Mountains following a visit to McDonald's restaurant.

She told her flatmate afterwards that it was the “worst date of my life” and “I had to do it. I had to have sex with him”.

The woman told the court she was scared, that she told him to stop but he didn’t do so.

This morning, the jury asked to hear defence lawyer Michael Bowman’s cross examination of the victim again and both the woman’s evidence and Mr Bowman’s cross examination of her was replayed to the court.

Mr Justice Paul Butler then sent the jury home for the night, to resume their deliberations in the morning

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