Woman tells jury of sexual assault in ambulance
A member of the Civil Defence told a jury how a paramedic partially stripped her and sexually assaulted her in the back of an ambulance three years ago.
At Ennis Circuit Court the woman said she blanked out for a few seconds in the ambulance after the man "tried to choke me. I could feel my trachea closing".
The woman said the paramedic had driven the ambulance to a forested area.
She told the court that after parking up he told her he wanted to try out a manoeuvre on her.
She said: "After a while I gave in because he was the person in charge and he was the one in authority and he told me 'you should do what paramedics tell you'."
The woman said that after blanking out after he choked her, she felt very weak and the man placed her on a trolley in the ambulance.
She said the paramedic "unbuttoned my shirt and moved my bra up off my chest".
The woman told the court that the man started to kiss her and put his tongue in her mouth and that he "was full of rage and anger".
She added that he tied her hands across each other and placed them over her head.
She said that after coming around she saw that her clothes had been interfered with and that her trousers and underwear had been pulled down.
The man denies that he sexually assaulted the woman on a date unknown between March 17, 2010 and April 14, 2010 and again on a date unknown between May 1, 2010 and May 31, 2010, both at a named location, and again on February 10, 2013 in an ambulance at a townland in County Clare.
Counsel for the State Philip Rahn BL said the man's actions were a great breach of trust.
The woman said that after a first aid class between March 17 and April 14, 2010, when she was a fifth year secondary school student and aged 17, the man told her that she must undergo a medical check to get into the Civil Defence.
She told the jury that at that time she wanted to be a paramedic.
The woman said he brought her into a disabled toilet and put his hand down her underwear and sexually assaulted her.
She said that the man also squeezed her breasts during the same incident.
Mark Nicholas SC, counsel for the man, said his client denied all allegations. The trial continues today.