Cork man accused of multiple rape

The trial of a Cork man accused of raping a woman multiple times after he attended a party at her house has opened at the Central Criminal Court.

The accused man, who can not be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to rape, anal rape, oral rape, two counts of aggravated sexual assault, and assault causing harm to the woman at her home in Co Cork in January 2014.

In his opening speech, Tom Creed, prosecuting, said the accused had stayed on at the house after other guests had left and asked to “crash” there. The woman agreed.

He told the jury they would hear the woman was feeling unwell and got sick into a basin at about 3am.

He said that her next recollection was a slap across the face. She saw the accused sitting on her bed fully clothed and he slapped her again. As the woman pushed him away, her finger went into his mouth and he bit her. He slapped her again and told her to take off her clothes.

It is alleged he told her if she wanted to see her child again, she should do as she was told. Mr Creed said the woman would say she was raped vaginally, orally, and anally a number of times.

The next morning, the accused left and the woman banged on a neighbour’s door, crying hysterically.

She was brought to the sexual assault treatment unit of a local hospital. The accused was later arrested and interviewed by gardaí.

The trial continues.


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