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'No injuries' on banker charged with rape of Irish student

Orlaith Farrell

Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30

Detective Ryan Hogan told the Suffolk County Criminal Court that he took photographs of Jason Lee on the afternoon of August 20 as part of the investigation, to document any injuries and recover his clothing.
Detective Ryan Hogan told the Suffolk County Criminal Court that he took photographs of Jason Lee on the afternoon of August 20 as part of the investigation, to document any injuries and recover his clothing.

A former Goldman Sachs executive accused of raping an Irish student in the Hamptons had "no injuries" after the alleged attack, a detective on the case has told a court.

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Detective Ryan Hogan told the Suffolk County Criminal Court that he took photographs of Jason Lee on the afternoon of August 20 as part of the investigation, to document any injuries and recover his clothing.

Detective Hogan, of East Hampton Town Police Department, said that Mr Lee had a "little cut on the cuticle of his thumb".

When questioned by defence attorney Andrew Lankler whether the cut was "consistent with chewed nails", Mr Hogan agreed: "Yes - if you look at my finger nails anyway."

Mr Lee (37) was arrested at the luxury home he rented with his wife in East Hampton, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the bathroom while her friend and brother partied nearby.

Mr Lee met the student at local nightclub Georgica, before returning to his $33,000 a month rental property after the bar closed at 4am on the morning of August 20, 2013.

The J1 student, who was 20 at the time, told police that Lee forced his way into the bathroom, pinned her down with his hand over her mouth and raped her.

In opening statements on Monday, prosecutor Kerriann Kelly said that Mr Lee was "a man who wanted one thing and one thing only - and that was sex and he used her to get it".

It is the prosecutions case, that Mr Lee continued his "disgusting attack" until the alleged victim kneed him in the groin.

Police were called to the scene for a separate incident and when they arrived, Ms Kelly claimed that Lee told the arriving officer, "we're good, you can go," before disappearing for two hours until found in the back seat of his Range Rover.

Mr Lee has pleaded not guilty to rape and assault. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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