Monday 19 August 2019

'I never told Tinder date I'd have sex,' court hears

Stock picture: Getty
Stock picture: Getty

Declan Brennan

A student has told the trial of a man accused of attacking her on a date after they met on Tinder that she never told him she would have sex with him.

The 36-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault of the foreign national at UCD campus, Belfield, south Dublin, on July 23, 2014.

The woman, now aged 35, said that after some weeks of communicating with the man on the dating app she agreed to meet him. She said he picked her up in his car and drove her to an area with nobody around.

She said he then "changed completely", becoming aggressive and sexually assaulting her.

Under cross-examination by defence barrister Paul Flannery SC, the complainant said she was stupid when she didn't terminate her online conversations with the accused after he had sent her explicit messages.

She said when she arrived in Ireland to learn English she went on Tinder to meet Irish people.

She said she knew that Tinder was used by some people to have casual sex but that her motive was to practice English.

She met the defendant and they began sending each other texts. He later wrote: "I will teach you many things about what a man and woman can do together if you want to."

The witness agreed that this suggested that "maybe he wanted sex".

Her reply to this text was "calm, I speak seriously". She told the court she thought this would be enough to tell him "I don't want this, I want to learn".

The man then texted her "well I only want to f*** you" and she replied with a "sad face". Counsel put it to the witness that it was very clear from this text that "what this man wants is sex".

Asked why she didn't end the conversation then, the complainant said: "Because I'm stupid." She also told the trial that she couldn't sleep the night after the alleged attack because she was in shock.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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