A Carlow man accused of sexually abusing his two nieces and their neighbour as children told gardai the allegations were “absolute lies”.
The 51-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not (NOT) guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 91 charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault against three girls in a Carlow town between February 1978 and December 1986.
The man has been charged with 28 counts of indecently assaulting and 26 charges of raping a first complainant from the time she was almost seven until she was 13 years old.
He has been charged with 25 counts of indecently assaulting and one count of raping a second complainant, her old sister, from when she was seven to 12 years old.
The man is also charged with 10 counts of indecently assaulting the girls’ next door neighbour and attempting to rape her on one occasion when she was between eight and 13 years old.
When asked about the first complainant’s allegations, the man told gardai that he never raped or touched her inappropriately. He said he might have had a mock fight with the then girl “like normal family play.”.
A garda inspector told Colman Cody SC, prosecuting, that the man said he didn’t know why she had made the allegations and dismissed them as “lies, without a doubt.”
The accused stated: “I’ve no idea what she’s trying to do. She’s lying through her teeth.” He added that he had never been sexually attracted to this complainant.
When investigating gardai put it to him that “honesty is the best policy”, he responded: “It’s a pity she didn’t avail of it.”
The man denied raping the first complainant’s older sister and said he didn’t recall a night he could not calm her down while he babysat for her parents.
He denied he offered this second complainant money to indecently assault her, that he forced her to perform oral sex on him or that he got her to show him her private parts.
He said he had rarely been in the house as he would have gone to visit his girlfriend at her home during that period.
The man told gardai he didn’t know why the neighbour would make sex abuse allegations and denied he told this third complainant he was engaging in sexual acts with his older niece.
He further denied attempting to put his penis in the third complainant’s vagina. He said he felt sorry for her “making up lies like that.”
When gardai asked him how this neighbour would have known he had a stereo system in his room, he explained it was because his brother’s wife would have played records on it full blast around the house.
The garda inspector dealing with the accused’s memos of interview agreed with Michelle Smith De Bruin BL, defending, that her client had been co-operative during interview.
He agreed the prosecution had no problem with the man’s work history.
The trial continues before a jury of three women and nine men and Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.