Cork man accused of raping woman multiple times

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

The trial of a Cork man accused of raping a woman multiple times after he attended a party at her house has opened at the Central Criminal Court.

The accused man, who can not be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to rape, anal rape, oral rape, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to the woman at her home in Co Cork in January 2014.

In his opening speech to the jury Tom Creed SC, prosecuting, said that the accused man had remained on at the house after the other party goers had left and asked to “crash” there. The woman agreed and asked him to lock the door on his way out in the morning.

He told them they would hear that the woman then went up to bed. She was feeling unwell and got sick into a basin at about 3am.

He said that her next recollection was a slap across the face. She saw the accused sitting on her bed fully clothed and he slapped her again.

Mr Creed outlined that as the woman pushed the accused away her finger went into his mouth and he bit her. He slapped her again and told her to take off her clothes.

It is alleged that he told her if she wanted to see her child again she should do as she was told.

Mr Creed said the woman would say that she was raped vaginally, orally and anally a number of times. It is also alleged the accused put a carrot into her rectum and later pushed his whole hand into her vagina before ejaculating into her mouth and face.

It is alleged the accused said to her: “You enjoyed that didn't you? I didn't have to force you or anything.”

Mr Creed said that the following morning the accused called a taxi and once he had left the woman ran across the road. She banged on a neighbours door crying hysterically.

He said the gardai came and the woman was brought to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit of a local hospital. The accused man was later arrested and interviewed by gardai.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and a jury of six men and six women.