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Semen belonging to two unknown men found at scene of alleged rape of sex worker

Declan Brennan

Published 30/11/2015 | 17:21

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The trial of a man accused of raping a sex worker has heard evidence of semen found at the scene belonging to two unknown men.

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The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape and sexual assault of the woman in a hotel room in Dublin city on March 28, 2010.

He also denied two counts of threatening or putting in fear a witness in a garda investigation on dates between April 29 and May 28, 2010. Both the accused and the complainant are legally entitled to anonymity.

The woman had come to the capital from another part of the country to work as an escort or prostitute for the weekend. One of the men she arranged to meet for sex was the accused and she had met another man for sex earlier in the day.

On day four of the trial forensic scientist Michael Burlington told Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, that he extracted DNA from semen samples found in the hotel room.

He said traces of semen recovered from a sink in the hotel room, did not match the DNA profile generated from a blood sample of the accused. The profile was labelled “unknown one”.

The woman's evidence was that during the oral rape the man ejaculated into her mouth and she ran into the en-suite bathroom and spat it out into the sink. She testified that she then used a towel to wipe her mouth.

The DNA profile of semen found on the hotel room towel was also examined and did not match the DNA profile of the accused or the “unknown one” profile found down the sink. This profile was labelled “unknown two”.

Semen samples taken from the woman's mouth and lips using an evidence swab provided a mixed profile from two or more individuals, Mr Burlington told the court.

He said that “unknown one” and the accused man could be ruled out as sources for this semen while “unknown two”, the profile, found on the towel, could not be ruled out as the source.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.

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