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Rapist said he'd bury me garden, court hears

A MAN accused of raping a woman after breaking into her Dublin home threatened to bury her in the back garden, she told a court today.

The man, who can not be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman on two occasions, falsely imprisoning her and making a threat to kill or cause her serious harm at her Dublin home on June 17, 2011.

He has also pleaded not guilty to entering the woman's home as a trespasser with intent to commit theft and carrying a screwdriver and hammer on the same occasion.

Paul Burns, prosecuting, in opening the case to the jury, said the woman normally had a flatmate, but on this night she was alone in her apartment and had fallen asleep in bed after a phone-call from her sister.







Ordeal

He said that in the early hours of the morning she heard a door squeaking at the top of the stairs to her apartment, which was over a business premises, and someone opened the door of her bedroom.

Mr Burns told the jury it was the prosecution case that the accused man entered the woman's bedroom without her permission and stayed for a number of hours.

"During that time he subjected her to a terrifying ordeal," said Mr Burns.

He said the man told her he was looking for money but when the woman offered him money, hoping he would go away, he said he didn't want her money.

Mr Burns said the woman asked him to leave but he did not and raped her twice. When the man eventually left, the alleged victim rang her employer, who later contacted gardai.

The trial continues.

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