Thursday 14 December 2017

Mum denies 'taking drugs and offering sex to captor'

Conor Gallagher

A MOTHER who claims she and her four-year-old son were abducted before she was repeatedly raped denies taking drugs and offering sex to pay off a debt.

During her second day of cross-examination, the woman denied defence suggestions that she was working as an escort and "dominatrix" for the accused, and was worried her husband would find out.

It was also put to her that she had previously stolen money from the accused and was in his apartment that day trying to explain herself.

The defence put it to her that she was taking the drug mephedrone and offering to have sex with the accused to part repay the thousands of euro she had allegedly taken.

The woman denied this and said she had never taken drugs or offered sex for money.

She added that she never met or knew of the accused before that day.

The prosecution has alleged that the accused lured her and her child into an apartment before subjecting her to "a terrifying ordeal of sexual depravity".

It is the prosecution's case that the gardai were alerted when they found the child wandering alone in the city centre. The woman was freed 12 hours later.

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.

THREATENED

Mark Lynam, defending, put it to the woman that the accused had taken her son because he was worried for the child's safety after she threatened to kill all three of them.

Mr Lynam said the accused then had the child taken to a gardai station in a taxi.

"You weren't concerned about your son, you were concerned about taking more drugs," Mr Lynam suggested.

"I don't take drugs, I love my son and love my family," the woman replied.

She said that while being held captive by the accused she repeatedly asked where her son was and the accused told her he was in another room sleeping or watching TV.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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