Sunday 23 September 2018

Trial of two men accused of raping woman after Jason Derulo concert hears evidence from tour bus driver

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A bus driver has told the trial of two men accused of raping a woman following a Jason Derulo concert that the tour bus was “shaking about as if there was a disco upstairs” but said he couldn't hear any music.

On day four of the trial at the Central Criminal Court, Patrick Bushby said he was worried as it didn't feel normal for the bus to be moving like that.

“It continued for 15 or 20 minutes and then the shaking stopped,” he said.

The defendants, aged 35 and 44 years old, deny the offences which are alleged to have occurred in a hired tour bus at an unknown location in Cork city on June 27, 2014.

The 35-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to rape, oral rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment of the then 19-year-old woman.

The 44-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to anal rape and false imprisonment of the woman on the same occasion. The accused men can not be identified for legal reasons.

The court heard Mr Derulo is not charged with any offence in relation to these events.

Today Mr Bushby, the driver of one of three coaches hired for Jason Derulo's UK and Irish tour in 2014, gave evidence of what he witnessed on his tour bus on the night of June 26/27 2014.

He told Tim O'Leary SC, prosecuting, that Jason Derulo's manager told him there was an “after gig party” taking place at a Cork city nightclub, following the US singer's concert at The Marquee.

“At 1.40am I got a call asking me to come pick the band up. It's a nightmare. Individuals who have been drinking after a concert are like bees to honey when they see a tour bus,” he said.

Mr Bushby said it was absolutely chaotic outside the nightclub, with the area flooded with people, taxis, buses and cars.

“The bus was literally swamped with girls as soon as I opened the doors when I stopped,” he said.

He said 15-20 “merry people” on the bus were cleared by the tour manager, with the exception of one man and one girl.

He told the jury that from the driver's cab he could see a girl in an olive jumpsuit, sitting on a couch in the lounge area, talking to the 35-year-old accused. This defendant has previously being referred to as “cap guy”.

Mr Bushby said he observed the girl get off the bus and make her way towards another tour bus before she changed her mind after speaking to “cap guy”.

“So this girl was still on my bus and I was conscious of this as I wanted to head to the ferry. The bus was shaking about, as if there was a disco upstairs but I couldn't hear any music,” he said.

He told Mr O'Leary that this worried him and it continued for about 20 minutes.

He said that gardaí arrived at his bus ten minutes later, and informed him that there had been a report of an incident on his bus. Mr Bushby said the bus had a CCTV system, but the cameras only monitored the doors of the vehicle.

The jury also heard from a young woman who attended the after-gig party at the nightclub.

She said she had previously worked in the nightclub as a hostess and knew its layout.

“I was 18 so meeting Jason Derulo was a huge thing. I was mad about him, and to meet someone so famous. My goal was to get a picture with him, but his bouncers said none were allowed,” she said.

She said there was boisterous behaviour and drink being poured everywhere in the VIP area of the nightclub.

“They were definitely smoking weed. It was crazy, because they're famous they were smoking inside and they definitely weren't allowed to do that,” she said.

The woman said she saw the complainant in the crammed, box-room VIP area, wearing a special wrist band. She said loads of people ran out of the nightclub to try to get onto the tour buses.

The complainant in this case alleges that a man identified as “cap guy” blocked her from getting off the tour bus. She claims he brought her upstairs, where he raped her, orally and vaginally, while they were “half in, half out of a bunk bed.”

She claims another larger man came over at one point and also raped her. The woman said she was terrified and asked them to stop, but they didn't. She said she managed to make her escape after a third man came over and said “I'm next.”

It is the prosecution case that “cap guy” is the 35-year-old accused and the larger man is the 44-year-old accused man.

Earlier in the trial, during cross examination, Sean Guerin SC, who is defending the 35-year-old accused, said his client accepts he had sex with the complainant, and accepts she performed oral sex on him, but doesn't accept consent was absent.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Butler and a jury of ten men and two women.

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News