Wednesday 23 August 2017

Man raped his step-daughter on the day she buried her grandmother - court hears

The Criminal Courts of Justice (Stock photo)
The Criminal Courts of Justice (Stock photo)

Eimear Cotter

A DRIVING instructor raped his step-daughter in a field in Co Kildare on the day she buried her grandmother, a jury has heard.

The man, who is in his 60s, is also alleged to have abused the woman in front of her baby sister and to have gotten her drunk and raped her on the day her mother remarried.

The young woman, who became very upset when giving her evidence, further claimed her step-father showed her a video of him having sex with her mother before telling her “we're going to make our own one now".

The woman said she was 11 and a half years old at the time.

She also said he liked it when she put on a show for him in a short denim skirt and knee high boots, and they pretended she was a prostitute and he was the client.

The man has gone on trial before the Central Criminal Court charged with 61 counts of rape, oral rape, anal rape and sexual assault.

He has denied the charges.

The abuse allegedly began in 1992, when the girl was seven and continued until 2007, when she was 22 years old.

In her evidence, the woman, who is now in her 30s, said she was about seven or eight when the man - her stepfather - first sexually assaulted her.

She said her mother was out with friends, and she had come downstairs to get a glass of water.

The defendant was sitting watching TV.

She said he took her hands and put something into them, saying "just feel it" and "tell me what it is".

The woman said nothing else happened for a while, and she believes the defendant was "testing me to see if I'd say anything".

The woman said she was often forced to touch him on a weekly basis "when her mam went shopping".

On one occasion, he abused her while she was in bed with her mother, who was asleep at the time.

This level of abuse continued for some time, until she was around 11 when he had full sexual intercourse with her.

The woman, who was in tears, claimed the defendant once abused her while her baby sister was in a playpen in front of them.

Led through her evidence by Vincent Heneghan SC, the woman said her grandmother died in November 2006. Afterwards, the defendant took her for a walk, as she was very upset as she had been very close to her grandmother.

The jury heard he led her into a field, lay her down on the grass and had sexual intercourse with her.

The court heard the woman started babysitting for a neighbour when she was around 16, and the accused would come around and rape her.

Later she got a job in a supermarket, and the accused would collect her from work, forcing her to perform a sex act as he was driving, and later forcing her to have sexual intercourse in the back of his van.

The woman said she "never said no" to the man but that she did it out of fear and she "felt like I had to do it to be shown a bit of love".

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

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