Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman who alleges sexual abuse stop speaking to her mother who did not believe her

Sonya McLean

A WOMAN who claims her mother’s boyfriend sexually abused her for eight years has told a jury she was annoyed with her mother for over a year when the woman did not believe her allegations.

The 21-year-old woman was the fourth of six sisters to give evidence in the trial of the man who is accused of molesting each of the six girls in their family home between 1995 and 2005.

The complainant had earlier told the jury that she disclosed the abuse to her older sister but her mother had said she didn’t believe her.

She said two of her older sisters had previously made allegations that the man had sexually abused them but their mother had forced them to drop the charges.

The 52-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not (NOT) guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 62 counts of sexual assault.

This complainant told the jury that the man had abused her from the time she was six to 14 years old.

Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC, defending, told the woman that his client got a piercing in his penis and two in his scrotum when she was ten years old and suggested to her that the fact she never told gardai this was an indication that her allegations were “false”.

“There are lots of things I did not say in my statement,” the woman replied.

The woman refused to accept that the answer “there are lots of things I did not say in my statement” was a “stock answer” she had prepared in order to answer any difficult question counsel put to her.

The woman agreed that she had made an allegation of both physical and sexual abuse in relation to another man in May 2010; a man that she accepted was her friend.

She agreed that she had given the gardai the impression at the time, that this man was just a friend but refused to accept a suggestion from counsel that she had been in a “sexual and romantic relationship with him”.

The woman accepted that the man later made a statement himself accepting that he had physically attacked her but denying he had sexually assaulted her.

Mr O Lideadha put to the complainant that while the man was at the garda station, she phoned him and the gardai heard the conversation on loud speaker.

Counsel said there was a report from the garda who said after she also saw text messages on the man’s phone from the complainant; she believed there was a doubt about the “credibility” of the woman’s allegations.

The complainant accepted that a printout of text messages from the man’s phone showed a number of messages from her after she had made the allegations requesting the man to call her.

She accepted that the text messages included her telling the man “I love you”, apologising and asking the man “to come back to me”, asking him not to leave her and telling him “don’t throw it away”.

The woman again denied that she ever had an intimate relationship with that man.

She agreed with Mary Rose Gearty SC, prosecuting, in re-examination, that she later withdrew the allegations which she said had arose out of the man going “mad” when she told him she was in a new relationship.

She said her new partner attacked this man and he had told her that if she dropped the sexual assault allegations against him, he would drop the assault charges.

Ms Gearty told the jury that the man had made an allegation to gardai that the complainant’s partner had attacked him and the boyfriend later pleaded guilty to the charge.

The trial continues in front of Judge Desmond Hogan and a jury of six men and five women on Monday.

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