Thursday 22 March 2018

I sniffed ‘snow blow’ before attack, rape accused told gardai

Sonya McLean

A man on trial for rape admitted to gardai in interview that he took the head shop drug “snow blow” before he brought a woman and her young child into an apartment and sexually attacked her.

The accused told gardai: “I started sniffing that s*** and the world changed for the worse. Is she okay? Is she at home now? How is the child?”

He admitted he withdrew €700 from the woman’s bank account and said he would get his wife to pay her back the money.

“That’s all I can give her back, I can’t give her anything else.”

He later told gardai that the woman consented to nothing that happened in the apartment.

“I forced her, why I forced her I don’t know,” he said before adding that he had not had sex with his wife for 12 months.

The man said during the incident he was thinking about taking the woman’s life and putting her in the boot of his car but when a garda asked him in an earlier interview if he had intended to kill the woman, he replied “no man”.

He said he later took the child from the apartment. He said the child was asleep, he put him in his jeep, drove around for a while and dropped the child in the Smithfield area.

He told gardai the woman had hardly “chosen that fate for herself” and said he had never done anything like this before. He admitted he gave the woman two pills.

“Lives were destroyed. It’s unbelievable stuff. If you know anyone taking things from head shop, stop them,” the man told gardai in reference to his admission about taking snow blow that day.

He said “the best place for me and society is for me to be here” before he admitted that he had booked into a Dublin hotel after the alleged rape because he had been in hiding.

The 42-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape with a make-up pen, attempted vaginal and anal rape, oral rape and aggravated sexual assault between February 12 and 13, 2010, in Dublin.

He also denies child abduction, threats to kill or cause serious harm, false imprisonment, stealing a bank card and stealing cash from two ATMs.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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