Friday 24 November 2017

Man makes rape admission in garda interview

Sonya McLean

A man on trial for rape admitted to gardaí 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 gardaí: “I started sniffing that sh*t and the world changed for the worse. Is she OK? 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 gardaí 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. However, 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 of the city centre.

He told gardaí 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 gardaí 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 jury was played the man’s third interview with gardaí during which he made full admissions to the woman’s allegations and said she had sex with him under duress.

Before the tape was played the man stood up in court and said he had watched himself being ridiculed that afternoon during the trial and that this was “a private interview”.

The court rose and after a brief consultation with his legal team, the man said he did not want to remain in court for the playing of the interview. It was played to the jury in his absence.

Detective Garda Michael Donlon told the court that the man was interviewed four times.

At the end of many of the interviews the accused told gardaí that he was devastated and genuinely sorry for the lives he had ruined.

Det Gda Donlon said in the first interview he asked gardaí had the officers nothing better to be doing than “sitting here with a rapist” before he said he wished he never knew the woman and that she never knew him.

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

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