Tuesday 20 February 2018

Rape accused 'had not slept for three days' after drugs

Declan Brennan

A MAN accused of abducting and raping a woman was deemed unfit to be questioned by gardai after he told a doctor he had taken drugs and hadn't slept for three days.

The 42-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault, two counts of rape, attempted 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.

Dr Haroon Khan told prosecuting counsel Dominic McGinn that he examined the alleged victim, then aged 27, and observed red swelling on both her wrists.

He said these marks were consistent with being tied up.

Dr Khan said that he also carried out an examination of the accused on the night of February 14, around five hours after he had been arrested in the Morrison Hotel in Dublin city centre.

WHITE POWDER

Dr Khan said the accused told him he had taken some "herbal stuff" and hadn't slept for three days. He said the accused also told him he had sniffed some illegal white powder.

Dr Khan said he was slow to answer questions and his pupils were pin-pointed. He declared the accused unfit to be interviewed for six hours.

The court heard that a man told gardai he had been drinking with the accused the previous day, February 13.

The man told gardai that he saw the accused drinking a lot and snorting what he took to be the head shop drug 'blow'.

Dr Khan gave further evidence of examining the alleged rape victim. He said he observed that she had multiple scratches on her neck and shoulder

He said she had scratches on her right cheek, and bruises on both arms and both thighs.

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

Irish Independent

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