Sunday 24 September 2017

Jury set to consider verdict in rape and abduction case tomorrow

Declan Brennan

THE jury in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman he abducted off a city centre street is set to begin their deliberations tomorrow.

The 42 year old has pleaded not (NOT) guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape with a make-up pen, attempted vaginal and anal rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010 in a Dublin city apartment.

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

Today Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy began charging the jury of nine men and three women. He will send them out to begin deliberations after his completing this charge.

The prosecution has alleged that the accused lured the woman and her four year old child into an apartment before subjecting her to “a terrifying ordeal of sexual depravity”.

The woman gave direct evidence that the accused told her she could go home if she had sex with him. She said when she refused and threatened to kill herself the accused threatened to kill her son.

It is the prosecution’s case that the gardai were alerted when they found the child wandering alone at night in the city centre and freed the woman twelve hours later.

The accused has said that the woman worked for him as an escort and that she went into the apartment to discuss money he claimed she had stolen from him.

He said they both began snorting a head shop drug called Mephedrone and that later she became hysterical and threatened to kill herself, her son and him. The accused said this was reason for taking her son outside. He denied they ever had sex.

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