Thursday 18 January 2018

Man tells jury he had consensual sex with his mother

Declan Brennan

A MAN accused of raping his 65-year-old mother says he had consensual sex with her and denies taking advantage.

The 45-year-old Dublin man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at her home between March 2 and 3, 2008.

The man told Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, defending, that he and his mother had been drinking for a number of hours on the evening of Mother’s Day when his mother began dancing with him.

He said his mother began saying she loves him before putting her hands on the sides of his face and kissing him.

He said: “It got more intense. We were dancing and holding each other and touching each other. I was touching her body, on her sides and on her breasts.

“The kissing became more intense and serious and we got down on the floor and sexual intercourse occurred.”

He said he believed his mother wanted sex and said that she never said “leave me alone” during the sex.

He said: “She was as much a part of it as I was.”

He said his mother, who had already had a knee replacement and was waiting on a hip replacement, couldn’t get up off the floor afterwards. He said they both laughed about this.

He said he put cushions under her head and she told him to leave her there. He said she was falling asleep there.

He told defense counsel that his mother did not show affection for him when he was a child and that she would sometimes beat him with a leather belt to discipline him.

He told Gerard Clarke SC, prosecuting, under cross-examination, that he didn’t think it was strange at the time when he and his mother began kissing and continued on to have sex.

He said: “We got lost in it. I didn’t think about it at all. It was two people together.”

The man’s brother gave evidence that he had noticed the accused and their mother acting in an intimate way before at a social event.

He told defense counsel: “They were looking into the eyes. There was a touching of hands. It didn’t seem right”.

Evidence has finished in the case.

The jury of four men and eight women will begin their deliberations tomorrow after Mr Justice Barry White has charged them.

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