Man took sister-in-law for a pint after rape, court told

A man has gone on trial accused of abducting his sister-in-law and raping her several times before bringing her to a pub for a pint.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to six counts of raping and assaulting the woman on January 20, 2011, in Co Kerry.

It is alleged that one of the rapes took place at a location between counties Kerry and Limerick, after the victim claimed the accused man bundled her into his car and blindfolded her.

Opening the case, prosecuting barrister Mary Rose Gearty told the jury that both the accused and the victim were members of the Travelling community. She asked the jury to “leave any prejudice or bias outside the door of the courtroom”.

Ms Gearty said the jury would hear evidence that the woman in her 60s was at home on the day when her brother-in-law came to the door. The woman would testify that the accused “skull-dragged” to her bedroom and called her a whore and a prostitute, took off her clothes, and forced her to take off his, before assaulting her and biting her breast.

The woman would allege the man forced her to give him oral sex, and then bundled her into his car and put a bit of white curtain over her eyes to blindfold her. She claimed the man drove to Co Limerick and raped her again on the way.

The woman said her brother-in-law then brought her into a village pub in Co Limerick for a pint.

She said she wanted to go to the toilet but escaped to another pub across the road and asked someone to call the guards.

Garda evidence will outline how the suspect was arrested and denied any knowledge of the alleged events. He told gardaí he had not seen his sister-in-law for two or three years.

He also denied having the particular type and colour of car that was alleged by the victim. Gardaí went to a scrap dealer and discovered that a car fitting the description had been scrapped within days of the alleged attack.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine men and three women.

It is expected to last until the end of next week.


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