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Closing stages for rape trial

THE trial of a Westmeath man accused of raping a woman after claiming to be gay has reached its closing stages.

The man (46) is alleged to have convinced the woman to come back to his apartment by saying there was a party there. He denied to gardai she told him she was a lesbian in the nightclub and that he said he was gay to win her trust.

He has denied rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and making threats to kill at his Westmeath home on January 8, 2010.

On the final day of evidence at the Central Criminal Court the jury was shown CCTV footage of the accused and the woman leaving the club together.

The trial continues.