Wednesday 22 August 2018

Woman found friend 'crying' after alleged rape on bus

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Sarah Jane Murphy

The trial of two men accused of raping a woman after a Jason Derulo concert has heard that one of the singer's entourage told women partying on the tour bus: "If you're not on this bus to have sex, then get off."

At the Central Criminal Court, a female friend of the complainant, who was also selected to board the bus, said she didn't like the atmosphere on the vehicle and it was "dingy".

The woman said she got off the bus but later returned to find her friend outside the vehicle in a "state" and "roaring crying".

The men, aged 35 and 44, deny the offences which are 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 to rape, oral rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment of the then 19-year-old woman. The 44-year-old has pleaded not guilty to anal rape and false imprisonment.

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

Irish Independent

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