Woman initiated sex, says accused

A 29-year-old Cork man accused of raping a woman after a party in her house told gardaí her allegation was “bullshit” and she had initiated sex by kissing him.

He 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 January 2014.

A sergeant told the jury at the Central Criminal Court the man claimed the woman suggested he sleep on her couch after he and some of her friends had been drinking. She went to bed, having been sick, and he left a basin in her room before returning downstairs to watch TV.

He later heard a thud and went to check on the woman. He said she had been vomiting, he put his hand to her face to make sure she was breathing OK, she kissed him, and they had sex.

He agreed with gardaí the sex had been rough and involved spanking. He said at one stage he apologised to her for hitting her buttocks too hard. He accepted he later noticed she had a red mark on her face but said it was because of the way she had been lying on her bed while they were having sex.

In subsequent interviews after being shown photographs, he accepted that the woman had two black eyes. He denied responsibility for the injuries. He also denied he caused an injury to her thumb by biting as alleged. He denied he ever slapped the woman’s face as claimed.

The man also refused to accept a suggestion that he called her “a bitch”,

or that he said to the woman that if she wanted to see her son again she should do as he told her. He denied having forced his penis in her mouth. He again insisted the sex had been consensual.

The trial continues.


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