Rape accused 'never went near' woman, court told

A Mayo man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend’s mother told gardaí that he was not aware of the complainant being in the house he was staying in at the time of the alleged rape and said he “never went near her”.

The accused man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at an address in Co Mayo on November 6, 2005.

Over the course of three statements given to gardaí, one of which was pre-prepared, the accused man told gardaí that he and his former girlfriend had difficulties in their relationship and that he had tried unsuccessfully to terminate it earlier in 2005.

Detective Garda Edmund McLoughlin agreed with counsel for the defence, Mr Michael Liam O’Higgins SC, that the accused man said his former girlfriend told him her mother suffered with a serious alcohol problem, that she did not approve of their relationship and that she would ask “what would happen to her” if the relationship persisted.

The man told gardaí that on the night of November 5, he and his former girlfriend went out drinking in a local town, having spent most of the day renovating a house in the county.

He said he drank six pints and six vodka and red bull drinks over the course of the night before returning with his girlfriend to the house she shared with her mother at approximately 2:30am.

The man told gardaí that he spent the night in a spare bedroom, as his former girlfriend had spilled a pint of water in the double bed they were due to share and directed him to sleep in that room.

He said the only contact he had with the now 54-year-old-complainant on November 6 was a brief encounter the next afternoon, when he and his former girlfriend awoke and all three had tea in the kitchen.

The man said he had further drinks with his girlfriend on the evening of November 6, and it was not until the following day, Monday November 7, that he became aware of an allegation against him.

The man said he returned to the house with this former girlfriend on the evening of November 7, having been out shopping, when a confrontation arose in the kitchen between the man, his former girlfriend, the complainant and another party.

During this confrontation, where the allegation of rape was put to him, the man denied repeatedly saying he could not remember what had happened and denied asking if he had hurt the woman.

Rather, the man told gardaí that he had said he could not remember the complainant being in the house and asked her directly if someone had hurt her.

The man denied that he had asked his former girlfriend if he was capable of raping her mother and said that he in actual fact stated that he was not capable of such an act.

He denied that, by offering cigarettes to the complainant on the afternoon of November 6, he was acting out of character and stated that he was “always nice” to the complainant.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of seven men and five women.


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