Monday 23 January 2017

Man accused of raping woman with Down's syndrome previously asked 15-year-old for sex, trial hears

Conor Gallagher

Published 01/12/2015 | 14:28

The accused admits there was some sexual contact with the woman
The accused admits there was some sexual contact with the woman

A man accused of raping a special needs woman after luring her off the street, previously grabbed a 15 year old and asked her for sex, a trial has heard.

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The alleged victim, who is in her twenties and has Down syndrome, became separated from her mother while they were out walking. The accused man found her and took her back to his home where the alleged rape took place.

The accused 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.

Today a teenage witness told the court that the 34 year old accused approached her in the same area two years ago and offered her wine and cigarettes. She said he grabbed her arm and asked her if she would have sex with him for €200.

The witness said in her garda statement that she “kicked him in the balls and punched him in the jaw” before running away and leaving him “on the deck”.

She told Caroline Biggs SC, prosecuting, that on another occasion she and her friend were walking in the area and when they saw the accused and asked him for a lighter. She said the man asked them how old they were and where they were from.

She said they left and he started following them, so they started to run. She said they ran into two undercover gardaí and told them they were being followed.

When asked what this man looked like, she replied “he is the man sitting in the box” and that she saw him many times in the area.

The trial continues this afternoon before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of six men and six women.

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