Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rape trial told woman forced to wear lace dress

Declan Brennan

A WOMAN who claims she was raped by a man who abducted both her and her four-year-old son said he forced her to wear a black lace dress.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has previously heard how the woman told gardai she was approached by a man, who was not known to her, on a street in Dublin and he asked her to come to back to an apartment to help somebody who was dying.

She claims she was then attacked and rpaed after she entered the apartment with her young son. The little boy was later found wandering the streets.

Yesterday, the court was told that gardai found a belt tied to a radiator in the flat where a woman claimed she was raped.

Garda Sonya Deane said that she was the scenes of crime officer tasked with taking exhibits of evidence from the apartment.

She said she found a “drug like” powder on the arm of the sofa and in the master bedroom of the apartment drug paraphernalia described as “retro pills” were also found.

She said that a bathrobe cord was tied slightly around a tap in the bathroom. Two pieces of rope were found tied to a brown belt which was in turn tied to the radiator in the bathroom.

She said a black laptop charger cable was also tied to the radiator.

The 42-year-old accused 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 an apartment 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.

Yesterday Garda Deane told the court that while she was taking the woman to the Mater Hospital she made a statement of what had allegedly happened to her in the flat.

Garda Deane said the woman told her the man asked her to come into the apartment to help with someone who was dying. The woman said that once inside the man locked the front door, hit the woman and asked her for sex. Her son was with her at the time, the court has heard.

She said he made her take her clothes off and wear a black lace dress. He told her to call him daddy and pretend she was his ten-year-old daughter.

Garda Deane said the woman told her the man had tied her hands, legs and neck in the bathroom.  She said he gave her tablets to relax and tried to force himself on her.

She told the court that the woman said her son came into the bedroom and was upset. 

Speaking about evidence taken from the apartment, Gda Deane said she also seized cigarette butts, broken and bloodied glass, a number of finger print lifts, swabs from blood found on the floor of the apartment, bed sheets, pillow cases and underwear.

She agreed with Mark Lynam BL, defending, that other gardai later took more items away.

Mr Lynam put it to her that this included a dress and things allegedly used to tie up the woman. She said she took 69 exhibits in total.

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

Irish Independent

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