Rape accused: We had sex before on date

The man accused of raping a neighbour in North Cork told gardaí she wanted him and had consensual sex with him on the day in question and he had intercourse with her once before in his car when they were on a date.

He claimed that on the day of the alleged rape at his apartment, it was actually consensual, that she fixed herself up in the bathroom afterwards, asked him if she looked alright, and that they hugged and kissed before she left to go home.

The complainant said they did have a date two years earlier but they only chatted and had no sexual contact on that occasion. She said she did not have a second date with him because she found out on the first date that he had a girlfriend. She said that two years later, she was raped by the defendant.

The accused, who is in his mid-30s, denies raping the woman, who is a similar age, at his apartment on Sept 16, 2011.

Much of the evidence yesterday at the Central Criminal Court in Cork took the form of video recordings of an interview conducted by gardaí with the accused.

In the course of the interview six weeks after the alleged incident, he said he and the complainant had consensual sex on Sept 16, 2011, and that approximately two years earlier, they had been on a date and had consensual intercourse in his car.

He said that on the evening of Sept 16 two years ago, he met the complainant when she stepped out of the lift at about 7pm at the complex where they both lived in different apartments. He told gardaí the complainant asked him how long his girlfriend would be at work, and he said that she would not be back until 9pm or 10pm and that the complainant then agreed to go back to his apartment.

It was put to the defendant that the complainant thought she was going back to his apartment to discuss something of importance to him, possibly related to a document with which he needed help to translate.

“No, she is lying, she knows why we are going to my apartment, that is it, that is my answer,” he said.

One of the detectives put it to the accused on the videoed interview: “She said you raped her.”

He replied, “I say no, she has to prove.”

“Why do you think she makes this complaint?” the detective asked.

He replied, “I have no idea. Before that happened between us, it was OK. Between us was perfect. We never had a problem together, never since I know her.

“She wanted me, that is what she was showing me, that is what she was showing in front of everybody,” he said to gardaí on the video.

Both parties are foreign nationals who have been living here for some years.

The prosecution closed its case yesterday and the trial continues today.


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