Lured into bedroom before rape, jury hears

A Carlow woman has told a jury that her uncle bribed her into his bedroom on the promise of a Walnut Whip or to listen to his Wombles record before he raped and sexually abused her.

The now 39-year-old told Caroline Biggs, prosecuting; “As far back as I can remember, my uncle sexually assaulted me and raped me, constantly, nearly every single day of my childhood.”

She said the man, her father’s brother, moved into their family home when he was about 13, after his own parents died. He stayed in a bedroom off the sitting room and she said the abuse, which allegedly took the form of oral rape, digital penetration, and rape, occurred in the sitting room and in his bedroom.

The woman said her first recollection of being abused was the day of her communion.

She recalled another alleged incident of being raped in a parked car when she was 11 and in the accused’s new marital home while he watched a pornographic movie.

She told Ms Biggs that the alleged abuse came to an end the day of her mother’s father’s funeral. She was sitting in the car at the cemetery with her father and saw her uncle walking behind the coffin.

“I told my father I didn’t want to get out of the car. I swore that day that I was never going to let him sexually assault me or rape me again,” said the woman.

The 51-year-old accused, who cannot be named, has pleaded 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 Feb 1978 and Dec 1986.

The woman agreed with Mary Rose Gearty, defending, that after her father died, almost 10 years ago, her mother had little contact with the accused. She accepted her mother had not gone to the accused’s wedding in the 1980s.

The trial continues.


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