Thursday 29 September 2016

Woman tells jury how man 'raped her multiple times' while her son slept in the next room

Sonya McLean

Published 14/10/2015 | 16:56

The woman told the court that the sexual activity was repeated over again, maybe seven or eight times.
The woman told the court that the sexual activity was repeated over again, maybe seven or eight times.
The woman told the court that the sexual activity was repeated over again, maybe seven or eight times.

A woman has told a jury that after a Cork man raped her multiple times in her home he asked her if she was going to call the gardaí on him.

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The accused man, who can not be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, anal rape, oral rape, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to the woman at her home in Co Cork in January 2014.

The woman told Tom Creed SC, prosecuting, that she didn't consent to anything that happened between her and the accused that night.

She woke up having been slapped in the face and saw the man standing by her bed. The man had been at a party in her home earlier that night and she had allowed him to sleep on her couch.

She said she feared for her son who was asleep in another room and asked for him. The accused told her if she wanted to see her child again she should do as he told her.

“He ordered me to do what he wanted and called me a b**ch every time,” the woman said after she outlined incidences of sex, anal sex and oral sex.

She said the sexual activity was repeated over again, maybe seven or eight times.

She claims further sexual assault took place including violence with a foreign object.

The incident came to an end and he used her phone to call for a taxi.

She said while they were waiting in her sitting room he said to her that he hoped she was “not going to call the shades” after he left.

She told him she didn't know what that meant but when he said he was referring to the gardaí, she assured him she wouldn't call them.

The woman said as soon as the accused left her home, she ran across to her neighbour and her parents and the gardaí were called.

She agreed with Ciaran O'Loughlin SC, defending, that when the man asked her if she had enjoyed sex, she told him she had. She said she said so because she was terrified.

She accepted a suggestion from counsel that his client would have been “under the impression” that he had done nothing wrong after she had also assured him she wouldn't call the gardaí.

The woman again told Mr O'Loughlin that she was terrified but agreed that he would have believed afterwards that it had all been consented to.

Counsel told her that his client accepted that all the sexual activity as she described it did happen but he says she consented to it.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and a jury of six men and six women.

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