Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mother denies she manipulated her daughter into making rape allegations against her father

Emer Connolly

THE former partner of a man accused of raping and sexually assaulting his young daughter has denied that she manipulated the girl into making allegations against him.

The woman – who is the mother of the young girl – was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court at the fifth day of the trial.

The accused – who has addresses in Clare and Westmeath – is accused of raping the girl between October 1, 2009 and October 22, 2010, in a town in County Westmeath.

He is also charged with two counts of sexual assault at the same address between the same dates and one count of sexual assault in County Clare, between October 22 and October 26, 2010.

He is further charged with inviting the child to observe a pornographic film between October 1, 2009 and October 22, 2010, in Westmeath.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The girl is now aged 10 and was between eight and nine years of age when the alleged offences took place.

The trial heard on Friday that the 50-year-old accused told gardaí he believes the girl's mother “put her up to” it, claiming she has a “vendetta” against him.

The girl's mother told the court that she met the accused in 2000 and their daughter was born in 2002.

They broke up a little over a year after the birth of their daughter.

She said the accused had access to his daughter and the girl visited him and stayed nights at his home.

She said he was good to the girl and bought her a laptop costing €700 at one stage.

“Whenever he had money he would support (his daughter) and give me money towards her,” she said.

She said that the accused had acquired money and would give her around €200 at a time for clothes and food for their daughter.

Defence Counsel Anthony Sammon SC put it to the witness that there were “substantial amounts of money” and she was the beneficiary.

“No, absolutely not,” she replied

Ms Sammon put it to her that she received several thousand euro from the accused “in stages”.

“It was beginning to dry up in 2010. You became agitated. You threatened you would ruin him if you didn't get more money from him,” said Mr Sammon.

The woman denied that she had threatened to ruin the accused and also denied that she obtained large amounts of money from him.

The witness told the court that in 2010 she noticed that her daughter was “constantly angry” and “hated everything”.

“She was refusing to go to school for me,” she said.

Pat Marrinan SC, prosecuting, put it to the woman that it was implied that she was manipulating the girl into making allegations against her father. She replied, “No, absolutely not.”

She said her daughter has not discussed the details of the allegations with her, adding: “I still don't know to this day what happened to (my daughter).”

The trial before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven men and four women will continue tomorrow.

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