Thursday 21 September 2017

Woman raped after being abducted with son, trial told

Conor Gallagher

A MAN allegedly abducted a mother and her four-year-old son before putting the woman through "a terrifying ordeal of sexual depravity" a jury has heard.

On the first day of evidence in the trial, the Central Criminal Court heard that the alarm was raised when the child was found wandering alone in the city centre. The woman had allegedly been held by the accused for 12 hours before gardai rescued her.

The 53-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010 in Dublin.

He also denies child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

In his opening speech, prosecuting counsel Dominic McGinn told the jury they will hear evidence that the woman, a Chinese national, was walking home in the afternoon with her son when a man approached her and said he needed help.

He told the woman that someone in his apartment was sick or injured and convinced her to come back to help.

The accused allegedly became violent, demanded she have sex with him and threatened to kill her son when she protested, the jury heard.

"She was subjected to a terrifying ordeal of sexual depravity," Mr McGinn told the jury.

He later took her bank card and demanded to know the PIN before leaving the apartment for a period.

CONFUSED

When he returned he found the woman had tried to break free and broken the bathtub in the process.

Counsel said he became angry, beat her and continued to sexually assault her.

Later she pretended to fall asleep until she heard the man leave again. She managed to get free but couldn't find her son. Mr McGinn said that several hours previously the four-year-old child was found by passers-by alone in the city centre. Gardai tried to get the child to retrace his steps but he became confused and couldn't say where they had been taken.

At 5.30am gardai were alerted to the noise being caused by the woman from the apartment window before arriving at the scene and freeing her.

Mr McGinn said there would be evidence that the apartment could be linked to the accused and that there was CCTV of him using the woman's ATM card.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paddy McCarthy and a jury of nine men and three women.

Irish Independent

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