Tuesday 21 November 2017

Woman allegedly raped in office of pub 'pouring poison and prejudice into the case', court told

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Conor Gallagher

A woman who was allegedly raped in the office of a Limerick pub has been accused of “pouring poison and prejudice into the case” by defence counsel.

The alleged victim has told the trial that she was on a date with another man when the accused brought her into the pub's back office to show her the CCTV system, which she found “fascinating”. She said it was here that she was “brutally, brutally raped.”

The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman on November 10, 2012.

On day two of the trial the woman said during cross-examination that she believed the accused may have destroyed CCTV footage from the night. She also said her children were now afraid to go to certain places because of what happened.

In response Sean Gillane SC, defending, said that the woman's behaviour as a witness was becoming intolerable and accused her of “pouring poison and prejudice into the case.”

The woman told the jury that she was on a date with another man that night but it wasn't going well. She said he didn't like her and she “certainly” didn't like him.

She said when the other man brought her into the back office she saw him strip naked and she became very scared. She told counsel that she said “Please do not do this, I will go on a date with you.”

She said the accused replied “I don't do dates.” The woman said she later learned that he was married.

She said that in the days after the alleged rape she received multiple calls from the man she was on a date with asking her not to go to gardaí. She said this was because the two men had been friends for years.

The trial continues on Friday before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and a jury.

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