Wednesday 22 November 2017

Rape accused describes girlfriend as ‘sick and demented’ for assault allegation

Conor Gallagher

A LOUTH man called his girlfriend a "sick demented person" when accused of beating her and raping her with his inhaler, a court has heard.

The accused admitted to gardai that he slapped the woman twice but denied any sexual assault. He said she was a violent person who had attacked him several times including one occasion where she cut his eye using a high heel.

The man has pleaded not guilty to rape with an implement, sexual assault and assault causing harm at the couple’s home in Louth on July 9, 2010.

On the third day of the trial, the court heard evidence of the accused's arrest and interview by gardai. Garda Louise McConnell told prosecuting counsel Remy Farrell SC that during interview the man completely denied raping the woman.

When he was presented with the asthma inhaler, he said he had only ever used it medically on himself and told gardai to “get it tested”.

The trial previously heard evidence that there was no semen found on the inhaler and that no DNA tests were carried out on it.

The accused told gardai that when he and his girlfriend came home from a party she began attacking him and saying he had been flirting with another woman.

He said when she tried to head-butt him he grabbed her arms and this is how she got her bruises. He said she kept coming at him and trying to claw him.

He claimed she ripped his underwear off and was “pulling at my privates”. He said he slapped her twice but denied punching her or rubbing his penis on her face.

“She's a sick demented person, that's another big lie.” he told gardai.

Gda McConnell agreed with defence counsel Hugh Hartnett SC that in the weeks after the alleged rape she received a complaint from the accused's mother that the alleged victim wouldn't leave them alone.

Gda McConnell said she told the woman to stay away from the accused's family as it would be better for her.

Dr Haroom Khan told the court that he examined the alleged victim the day after the incident and found her in a distressed and upset state.

He agreed she had scratches and injuries to her body including her arms and knee. He said there was no sign of recent injury to the vagina but that this was not a definite sign that rape didn't occur.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.

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