Rape-accused told gardai allegations against him were "bulls***"

The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court
The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court

A Cork man accused of raping a woman after a party in her house told gardaí that her allegation was “bullshit” and that she had initiated sex by kissing him.

The 29-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, anal rape, oral rape, two counts of aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to the woman at her home in January 2014.

A local sergeant told the jury that he called to the man's workplace after the woman made an allegation of rape.

He said the man claimed that the woman suggested he sleep on her couch after he and some of her friends had been drinking in her home. She went to bed, having been sick and he left a basin in her bedroom before returning downstairs to watch television.

He later heard a thud upstairs and went to check on the woman. He said she had been vomiting, he put his hand to her face to make sure she was breathing OK, she kissed him and they had sex.

The man agreed with gardaí that the sex between them had been rough and involved spanking. He said at one stage he apologised to her for hitting her buttocks too hard.

He accepted that he later noticed that she had a red mark on her face but when he asked her about it, she said it was because of the way she had been lying on her bed while they were having sex.

In subsequent interviews gardaí showed him photographs of the woman's face the days after the alleged rape.

The man accepted that the woman had two black eyes in the pictures. He said he couldn't account for them and denied that he was responsible for the injuries.

He also denied that he caused an injury to her thumb by biting her as alleged. He denied that he ever slapped the woman's face with an open hand as she had claimed.

The man also refused to accept a suggestion that he called her “a bitch”, saying that he had never spoke to a woman like that.

He also denied that he ever said to the woman that if she wanted to see her son again she should do as he told her.

The man told gardaí he believed that the woman was enjoying the sex and denied ever having forced his penis in her mouth.

He said he “wasn't into” sex toys and denied that “any foreign object” was used by him during sex. He said he had no recollection of a carrot being used and said he had no idea where it had come from.

The man said he didn't know why the woman would make a statement of rape against him and again insisted that the sex between them that night had been consensual.The trial continues before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and a jury of six men and six women.

Sonya McLean