Man on trial for Kerry sex assault

A Kerry woman has told a jury that she was on her way home one night when she was dragged by the hair and knocked to the ground by a stranger before she was forced to perform oral sex on him.

She said that during the attack she had “kind of accepted” that the man was going to rape her and was “convinced” he would kill her.

The accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the oral rape and sexual assault of the then 23-year-old woman in a Co Kerry town on March 18, 2007.

He has pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the alleged victim’s handbag, purse, digital camera and make-up on the same location and the same date.

The complainant told Mr Thomas Creed SC (with Mr Shane Costelloe BL), prosecuting, that as she was walking home she heard someone behind her, glimpsed over her shoulder and saw a man wearing a white top with the hood pulled over his head. The man then hit her twice and knocked her to the ground.

“I just remember screaming and he pulled my hair. I was on my back and he dragged me to this boarded area and pulled me in behind some parked cars beside a gate,” the woman said.

She was kicking and trying to get a grip on the path but couldn’t because it was covered in gravel.

“I was pleading with him to stop. I felt helpless. I could not defend myself,” the complainant told Mr Creed after she said that she just kept hoping that someone would pass them by.

She said the man told her if she did not shut up, he would kill her.

She told the jury that the man knelt on her thighs and held both her wrists with one of his hands before he pulled down her tights and underwear. He then forced her to perform oral sex.

“I kind of accepted he was going to rape me and I was convinced he was going to kill me. I told him “Do whatever you want, please don’t hurt me.”," the complainant said.

She said the man started to pull her again and she tried to get up but she couldn’t because her tights were still down. He continued to drag her by her hair in between two cars before she said he crouched down, side-stepped over her and ran off.

The woman told the jury that she looked up to see where the man was gone before she pulled up her tights and ran to a nearby house that had lights on. She hid behind a parked car in the driveway.

“I was trying to control my breathing. I was afraid if he came back he would hear me,” she said.

She then called to the house and recalled telling the woman who answered the door that someone was after her. This woman then drove her to the garda station.

The complainant told Mr Creed that the man must have known that she did not want him to do those things to her because she had pleaded with him to stop.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne and a jury of three women and nine men.

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