Rape accused told gardaí he was “very very sorry” for his actions

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A Donegal man on trial for raping a girl in an alleyway during a night out told gardaí he was “very very sorry” for his actions.

During interview shortly after the alleged rape he was asked by gardaí what he was sorry for and replied “for drinking and for trying to have sex with her without her consent.”

The accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape of the woman in the alleyway of a Donegal town in July 2012.

He said during interview he “told lies” about the incident previously because he was worried his parents would think he was a rapist.

He told gardaí he tried to have “what I thought was normal sex with her” but was physically unable. He said he stopped trying when she said “no, not here.”

The accused said that after this the two sat on a wall and spoke before going their separate ways. He knew she was bleeding from the incident because he felt the blood.

The interviewing garda asked him why he didn't contact the girl afterwards to check if she was ok and suggested it was because he felt guilty. The accused replied that he thought she might be ashamed of the blood.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women.