Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two men accused of rape and false imprisonment of teen after concert

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo

Fiona Ferguson

Two men have gone on trial accused of the rape and false imprisonment of a teenage woman following a 'VIP party' after a concert by American musician Jason Derulo.

Aged 35 and 44, they deny the offences, alleged to have occurred in a vehicle at an unknown location in Cork city on June 27, 2014.

The 35-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court 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.

The court heard Mr Derulo is not charged with any offence.

Timothy O'Leary SC told the jury Mr Derulo was performing in Cork.

There was a 'VIP party' at a nightclub attended by Mr Derulo, who then left with his entourage.

Certain girls, including the complainant, were asked if they wanted to go to a further location. Mr O'Leary said the woman would say she met various individuals on a vehicle, including a man with a cap and a second larger man.

He said it was the prosecution case that the "cap guy" was the 35-year-old accused and the larger person was the 44-year-old.

The complainant is expected to tell the jury that she was brought upstairs in the vehicle by the "cap man" where it is alleged she was raped, orally raped and sexually assaulted by this man.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Butler and a jury of 10 men and two women.

Irish Independent

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