Wednesday 20 September 2017

Tinder rape trial is 'one person's word against another' - judge

A jury is continuing deliberations in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. Stock photo
A jury is continuing deliberations in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. Stock photo

Eimear Cotter

A jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder.

The 36-year-old man has claimed he had fully consensual sex with the woman and told gardaí, during interview, that he didn't beat her up, or use violence or threats.

He also told gardaí he did not rape the woman, saying "I did not rape that girl, as much as you've tried to intimidate me, I will not change".

However, he admitted he "hoped" and "expected" to have sex with her because of earlier text conversations.

The man has pleaded not guilty to rape at Kilmashogue Lane, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, on September 11, 2014.

It is the State's case the accused raped the university student in his car after driving her up the Dublin Mountains following a visit to McDonald's.

She told her flatmate afterwards that it was the "worst date of my life" and "I had to do it. I had to have sex with him".

The woman told the court she was scared, that she told him to stop but he didn't do so.

In his charge to the jury, Mr Justice Paul Butler said the case essentially amounted to "one person's word against the other" and it was up to the jury to evaluate that evidence.

He said the jury may attach different weights to the evidence, but they must not make an inference against the defendant that he didn't give evidence.

The jury continues its deliberations this morning.

Irish Independent

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