A man has today been found guilty of anally raping his boss’s teenage daughter two years ago.
The 34-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of anally raping the then 13-year-old girl in a storage facility at the back of her father’s business on a date between August 16 and October 1, 2008.
The jury took a total of five and a half hours to deliver a majority 10 - 2 verdict on day 4 of the trial.
Mr Justice Barry White thanked the six men and six women of the jury for their care and attention to the case and exempted them from further service for 10 years.
The now 15-year-old complainant told Mr Bernard Condon SC, prosecuting, that she had been sitting in the back office “doodling” on a notepad when the man came in, asked her for a game of “truth or dare” and dared her to let him perform anal sex.
She said he left the office when she refused but returned a half hour later to ask if she had changed her mind.
The complaint said she followed the man into a back storage area where he told her to take down her trousers and then placed his penis in her anus.
The girl, giving evidence via video-link, said she told the man she “hated” what he was doing and he stopped after three or four minutes.
The girl said the man asked her for anal sex on another occasion in her father’s office but she refused, telling him that the last encounter had left her bleeding.
She said she bled for around a week after and told her mother about the incident during a visit to her doctor.
She agreed with Mr Giblin that she had been on friendly terms with the man while he worked at her father’s business.
She denied the incident never happened and said she refused the man anal sex once more after the alleged incident.
A local doctor revealed she found the girl had a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) which could only have appeared after direct contact with a penis since this type of infection is rarely transmitted by any other contact.
She told Mr Condon that she concluded the rape must have been severe enough to have caused bleeding and micro tears which probably transmitted the virus.
The doctor agreed with Mr Martin Giblin SC, defending, that the girl told her the man responsible brought up the alleged rape in conversation each time her father was out of earshot.
She said the micro tears may have happened over a few minutes without need for ejaculation because the infection is passed through skin to skin contact.
Another doctor told Mr Condon that she took a blood sample and examined the accused man for the same STI but found no signs of infection, adding that not every infected person has the appearance of the condition.
A garda sergeant agreed with Mr Giblin that his client consented to a doctor’s exam in custody and allowed gardaí access to his medical records.
The accused man denied raping the girl in his interviews, read out by Mr Condon, saying he didn’t know why she would make such allegations.
He agreed the complainant was a “playful, innocent young girl” who would not have seen danger and who was “very trusting”.
He denied bringing her into a store room behind her father’s office and moving her out of view of a window while raping her.
He denied he ever had the STI and granted gardaí permission to access his medical records.
The man said he did not try to contact the girl’s mother after her confrontations with him because he was shocked by the accusations.
He said he had thought he and his boss would be able to sit and talk about the matter when he turned up for work the following day but the girl’s father had met him with such aggression he thought he would be hit.
He mentioned that a past employee in the business had said the complainant seemed “infatuated” with him but denied she had ever tried to flirt with him.