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Bull Island was the scene of alleged attack, court heard

Bull Island was the scene of alleged attack, court heard

Bull Island was the scene of alleged attack, court heard

A woman has told the Central Criminal Court she was left "in the middle of nowhere" after being raped by three Dublin teenagers.

The three, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, on January 5, 2016. She was 18 at the time and the accused were aged 17 to 18.

In her opening speech, Anne-Marie Lawlor, prosecuting, said the jury would hear the complainant met the three accused in an internet cafe on the evening in question.

Ms Lawlor said the woman claims they took her to Dollymount Strand, where she was raped by each of them in turn.

She told Ms Lawlor earlier in the trial that they said they were going for a drive and they would bring her back.

Fun

She said she did not want to go at first, but agreed to go for a walk and got into the car.

She said the car ended up in the middle of nowhere. She added that the driver asked: "Are we going to have some fun?"

The woman said the three got out and then the man who had been in the front passenger seat got in beside her. He asked if they were going to do anything and she said no.

She said the man pulled down his trousers, put on a condom and pulled down her trousers.

She said she did not want to do anything, but he got on top of her and had sex with her.

The woman said that after the man finished, he left the car and another man came over.

She said she did not want to go through that again before this man put on a condom and also had sex with her.

She said that after the second man finished, he called over his friend and handed him a condom. The third man then pushed himself on her and kissed her. She said she did not consent to it.

The woman said she felt "horrible, shocked and disgusted". She said her door had a child lock on it and she could not get out of the car.

She said she was told that another person was going to pick her up and bring her home, and the car headed off.

The woman said another car arrived containing three men. She said they asked if she was going to have sex with them and she said she did not want to.

She said the driver pulled down her trousers, got hold of her head and put himself inside her. She said another man was standing there with a light on his phone and she was sure that it was being video-recorded.

The woman said the men all got into the car, laughed and drove away, leaving her in the middle of nowhere.

She said she walked until she found a closed Chinese restaurant and asked people there to call gardai.

The jury was empanelled earlier this month, but there has been lengthy legal argument since and the trial resumed in evidence only yesterday.

The trial continues.


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