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Woman agreed to alleged rapist sharing bedroom

AN eastern European woman has admitted that she let her alleged rapist sleep in the same room as her following a party at her home.

The 26-year-old woman accepted under cross examination at the Central Criminal Court that she had let the accused sleep in a separate bed in her room some time after he was supposed to have raped her.

The accused, also from eastern Europe, has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and two counts of oral rape of the woman at a Dublin house on December 28, 2007.

Defence counsel Feargal Kavanagh put it to her: "This is a man who beat you up and raped you, of whom you were scared and frightened, and you let him stay in the same bedroom as you -- gave him permission to sleep in a separate bed."

The woman said she had been living in the house with her daughter, who is also the child of the accused, and there had been a party there that night. She said the accused was present because he knew other people who were living in the house.



rekindling

She said he asked her if he could sleep in the same bed as her and she said "definitely no", but agreed to let him have the spare bed in her room.

The woman denied a suggestion by Mr Kavanagh that the sexual activity was consensual and signalled a rekindling of their relationship which ended recently.

He submitted that after the incident she wanted to get back together with the accused and break up with her new boyfriend.

"Isn't it the case that having made up with [the accused] and having to break it off with [your boyfriend], you weren't sure which one you wanted to be with," Mr Kavanagh said.

She admitted sending a text message to her new boyfriend after the alleged rape, saying she was "only causing problems for him", but denied this meant she wanted to end their relationship.

She told Mr Kavanagh that the accused laid a towel on the floor of the bathroom before her raped her.

He asked her: "Don't you think it's strange that he would put a towel on the ground so that you would be comfortable if he was raping you?"

She replied that she did not know why he put it on the ground.



humiliated

Mr Kavanagh also asked her why she did not initially tell the gardai that the accused had made her perform oral sex on him. She said it was because she felt "humiliated" talking about it.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.

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