Saturday 22 July 2017

Man accused of raping student he met on Tinder says he 'expected' meet-up was for sex, court hears

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Eimear Cotter

A man accused of raping a woman he met on Tinder “hoped” and “expected” to have sex with her because of earlier text conversations, a trial has heard.

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

He told gardai, during interview, 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”.

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.

Garda Ciarán Byrne told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that gardai conducted two interviews with the accused man.

The man told gardai that he and the woman met through Tinder, and she seemed keen to meet up.

They started sexting and arranged to meet up for a “spin”. They went to McDonalds on the Kylemore Road and he suggested going to the viewing point, where a person can see the whole of Dublin.

The accused told gardai he “hoped” to have sex with the woman.

“At the end of the day it’s Tinder and she said she’s horny”, he said, adding that his mindset was that they were meeting up to have sex.

“It’s not necessarily going to happen because we don’t know each other from Adam but I was hoping and expecting”, he told gardai.

He said they drove up to the viewing point. He said it was getting dark and he could tell she was getting nervous, and they had a bit of banter about it, with she saying she was ok as long as he was not a serial killer.

The man said he asked her for a kiss and they started making out.

He said she told him to stop, which he did, and they were talking and then they kissed a second time.

He asked her to grab his penis but she told him she didn’t know him and wasn’t comfortable with that.

He said he kissed her neck and at no time did she fully stop kissing him.

He said she then grabbed him and he pulled his trousers down.

He then started playing with her, lay on top of her and after a while he tried to take her trousers down.

He said she asked him if he had any condoms, and he said he had even though he didn’t.

He was naked and she was naked from the waist down and she “let me have sex with her”. It lasted about five minutes.

The accused said the woman didn’t say no, he didn’t beat her up, or use violence, threats or force.

He said the woman was “a bit hostile” afterwards, telling him “you little sh*t, you tricked me into having sex with you”.

The accused told gardai he thought the woman was “a bit cold” and “rude”. He said he wanted to hold her and be affectionate with her, but she told him she wanted her space.

He said he then dropped the woman home.

He denied he raped her, or that she told him to stop.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Butler and a jury of six men and six women.

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