Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man accused of abduction and rape text wife describing himself as evil

A man accused of abducting and raping a woman sent a number of “anxious” texts to his wife after the alleged assault describing himself as evil.

The 42 year old accused denied a suggestion that he was acting out a sexual fantasy that resulted from watching porn on a laptop.

He 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 a Dublin city apartment.

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

Under cross examination by Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, the accused denied that he had confessed the “sexual ordeal” to his wife while at Dublin Airport hours after the incident.

Mr McGinn put it to him that his wife made him see the enormity of what he had done and that he didn't get on a flight to London because he was filled with remorse.

The accused denied this, saying: “That's disgraceful. You are attacking my wife's character”.

After leaving the woman in the apartment the accused drove home and sent his wife a number of texts.

One text, sent at 5.30am read: “Love I want you know that I'm an evil person and I'm so sorry that you choose to love me”. Another six texts sent over five minutes asked her to get up, I’ll be there soon, pack a bag and hurry.

The accused told the court that he told his wife he had murdered a man. He said he told her this because he didn't want to tell her what had happened in the apartment.

He has already testified that the woman worked for his Escort agency and became hysterical when he said he was going to take money from her bank account to pay back stolen cash.

In another text sent to his wife he said: “My life is over. Thank you for loving me. Remember the good days”. A text from her read: “You are not evil, you just need help”.

He denied a suggestion from counsel that he needed help because he had a fixation with foreign girls because of his work with foreign escorts and pornography on a laptop.

The accused said this was wrong and that the laptop belonged to the agency.

He said he removed the child from the apartment and left him on a city street for the child’s safety.

Mr McGinn put it to the accused: “You had no idea what would happen to that little boy. You didn't care”. The accused said he believed he did what was right at the time.

He said: “I acted in the best interests of people around me. No-one got hurt.”

Mr McGinn told him that he had tied the woman up to make sure she couldn't get out while he took the child away so that he could go back to her.

He said: “That's why you didn't care where you left the child. He was irrelevant to your sexual fantasy of getting a defenceless lady to dress up and act like your child.”

Counsel said this fantasy came from watching too much pornography. The accused said this was incorrect. He said it didn’t occur to him to force the woman to leave when she threatened to kill herself.

He said he wasn't concerned for the woman's safety or if she committed suicide. He said his only concern was that his sister in law would find out about the damage to the apartment.

Mr McGinn told him he was dealing with a “parallel universe in your head”.

The trial resumes on Tuesday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine men and three women.

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