Man goes on trial accused of raping a prostitute

The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court
The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court

A Kerry man has gone on trial accused of raping a prostitute and later trying to pervert the course of justice by sending her threatening messages.

The man, who is legally entitled to anonymity, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape and sexual assault of the woman in a hotel room in Dublin city on March 28, 2010.

He also denied two counts of threatening or putting in fear a witness in a garda investigation on dates between April 29 and May 28, 2010.

In her direct evidence the woman said that she had agreed to meet the man for a “girlfriend experience” but that he became rough and forced her to perform oral sex on him while holding her by the hair.

She said that weeks after the alleged rape she received texts and emails referring to telling her family and neighbours in a rural Irish village that she was working as a prostitute.

It is the State's case that these texts and emails were sent by the accused for the purpose of intimidating the woman.

The texts told the woman to withdraw “false allegations” or that her neighbours would be shocked and ashamed. Another text stated: “I assume your family know you are a prostitute. I’ve passed on your messages”.

The sender of the texts described himself as a good friend of the man concerned.

An email sent to her on May 28, 2010 referred to “a whore” from that same village in rhyme referencing a “video of you fucking the dog”. The email ended: “Never ride a guy who keeps his jacket on, they always record it on their mobile”.

The woman said she had been working as an escort or sex worker for short periods over the four years before the alleged assault. She advertised herself as a well educated former model who specialised in a service described as the “girlfriend experience” or “GFE”.

The accused man contacted her through the Escorts Ireland website and an arrangement was made for them to meet in the hotel room.

She said that during the sex the man was aggressive and at one point she told him he was hurting her. She said she thought he was going to kill her at one point, that she asked him to leave and that she was crying and shaking. She said he continued to have sex with her before climaxing and leaving.

Thomas Creed SC, defending, put it to the woman that his client believed at all times that she was consenting to the sexual acts that took place in the hotel room.

“There may have been abusive talk or exuberant sex. There wasn’t the violence that you describe. At all times he was under the impression that you were consenting,” counsel said.

He put it to the woman that his client agreed with her that it was to be “a quickie” and said he paid €50 to €100 to her. He said she felt short changed and didn't like it and made the complaint for that reason.

The woman said these were all lies and that she did not consent to what happened. The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.