Tuesday 23 January 2018

Clothing of Irish student allegedly raped by Goldmans Sachs banker never recovered from scene, court hears

Jason Lee
Jason Lee

Orlaith Farrell New York

The trial of a former Goldman Sachs executive accused of raping an Irish student in New York has heard that a dress and underwear belonging to the alleged victim weren’t recovered from the scene, despite extensive searches.

A crime scene investigator, along with detectives searched the East Hampton holiday rental of the accused Jason Lee for a “peach dress and grey panties” but were unable to find them.

Jennifer Tripoli, a forensic scientist told Suffolk County Criminal Court that despite a thorough search of the house and pool area, they were unable to recover the items.

In opening statements to Judge Barbara Kahn last week, prosecutor Kerriann Kelly said that investigators couldn’t find the student’s dress and underwear at the scene but “seven months later a box arrives miraculously.” 

The items were sent to the prosecutors office courtesy of an investigator for the defendant, with no explanation, for where they had been, who had it or what was done to them, she added.

Ms Tripoli testified that during her investigation of no. 1 Clover Leaf Lane on August 21st 2013, she discovered three stains of unknown origins under black light in one of the bathrooms on the ground floor of the house, including one on the floor.

She also recovered a heart shaped ear ring under towels in the same room.

Mr Lee was arrested at the luxury home he rented with his wife in East Hampton, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the bathroom while her friend and brother partied nearby.

The 37 year old met the student at a local nightclub, before returning to Lee’s $33,000 a month rental property after closing at 4am on the morning of August 20th, 2013.

The J1 student who was 20 at the time, told police that Lee forced his way into the bathroom, pinned her down with his hand over her mouth and raped her.

Mr Lee denies charges of rape and assault. The trial continues.

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