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Man accused of raping mother - jury fails to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of a 44-year-old Dublin man accused of raping his then 65-year-old mother have failed to reach a verdict and have been discharged.

The accused had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at her home on Mother’s Day in March 2008.

Despite, six hours of deliberation, the jury of seven men and five women told the judge they could not agree on a verdict.

The jury foreman added they had “reached an impasse and don’t think we can overcome it”.

The court heard earlier the accused told gardaí that the sexual intercourse on March 2, 2008, was consensual.

In opening statements, the prosecution told the jury that the now 69-year-old widow had gone to bed early after coming home from a four-course lunch.

Sometime after 11pm, the doorbell rang and it was her son.

It is alleged the accused poured a vodka and the pair talked.

The woman was wearing nightclothes.

The alleged victim said the next thing she remembers is coming to on the floor of her home to find her son having sexual intercourse with her.

She said she repeatedly asked him to leave her alone.

The jury heard the man arrested two days later.

While he admitted to having sexual intercourse with his mother, he told gardaí that she had encouraged it.

A trial date will be fixed in October.