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Man accused of raping woman with Down Syndrome was spotted jogging behind girls two days after alleged rape

Conor Gallagher

Published 07/12/2015 | 16:54

Giving evidence on day 14 of the trial, Garda Fiona Morrison told the court she was on plain-clothes duty in the area two days after the alleged rape.
Giving evidence on day 14 of the trial, Garda Fiona Morrison told the court she was on plain-clothes duty in the area two days after the alleged rape.

A man accused of raping a woman with Down Syndrome was spotted by gardaí jogging behind two 15-year-old girls two days after the alleged rape, a trial has heard.

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The 34-year-old man is accused of luring the woman back to his house and raping her after she became separated from her mother on the street.

The man admits there was some sexual contact with the woman but maintains that it was consensual and that he didn't know she was mentally impaired.

He has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, sexual assault and having sex with a mentally impaired person at his Dublin home on June 12, 2013.

Giving evidence on day 14 of the trial, Garda Fiona Morrison told the court she was on plain-clothes duty in the area two days after the alleged rape.

She spotted the accused leave his house and a short time later saw him speaking to two girls. These girls have already given evidence of the encounter.

Gda Morrison said she deliberately walked past the girls and the accused as they talked. She then turned around and walked past them again before she saw the girls walking away.

She told prosecuting counsel Caroline Biggs SC that the accused started walking behind the girls.

She positioned herself between the girls and the accused so that she was five feet behind the girls and the accused was another five feet behind her but on the other side of the road.

Gda Morrison said the girls were walking “briskly” before they stopped in a doorway. The garda walked past the girls and noticed the accused had crossed over to their side of the road and was approaching them.

The garda walked a few feet on before she heard a girl scream and saw the two teenagers sprinting away. She said she saw the accused jogging but that he stopped when he saw her standing in the street.

Gda Morrison radioed her colleagues and the girls were stopped nearby. She said that when she approached them they seemed shaken and in shock. She later took a statement from them.

The prosecution has now finished its evidence in the case. The jury of six men and six women were told to return on Wednesday by Mr Justice Tony Hunt following legal argument.

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