A Cork man has been convicted of raping an acquaintance after waking her up by slapping her in the face following a party at her home.
The now 33-year-old woman had earlier told the Central Criminal Court jury that her attacker had warned her if she wanted to see her son again she should do as he told her. He then instructed her to take off her pants, get back on her bed, and put her face in her pillow.
“He ordered me to do what he wanted and called me a bitch every time,” the woman said, after she outlined incidences of sex, anal sex, and oral sex. She described herself as being terrified and said that, at one point of oral sex, she felt like she was choking.
She said the sexual activity was repeated over again, maybe seven or eight times. He later used a carrot to rape her.
The court heard that the woman’s young son was sleeping in a bedroom in the house during the incident.
The woman said she had earlier allowed the man to sleep on her couch after she and some of her friends had been drinking with him at the premises.
The jury took under four hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts on one count each of rape, anal rape, oral rape, aggravated sexual assault, sex assault, and assault causing harm. The 29-year-old had been found not guilty by direction of the trial judge to a further count of aggravated sexual assault.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which occurred in January 2014.
Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy thanked the jurors and excused them from further civic duty for 10 years. She declared the man a sex offender and remanded him in custody pending sentence next month.
A local garda outlined the Cork man’s 10 previous convictions to the jury.
He told Tom Creed, prosecuting, that the man had been imprisoned for two months in 2010 for breaching a barring order by going to the home of his ex-partner. The garda said he was also convicted for assaulting a woman the previous year. He was also jailed for two months for assaulting his ex-partner. The garda added that the remaining convictions were road traffic offences and all were dealt with in the district court.
During the trial, the woman told Mr Creed
that when the incident came to an end he used her phone to call for a taxi.
She said while they were waiting in her sitting room he told her that he hoped she was “not going to call the shades” after he left.
She told him she did not know what that meant. When he said he was referring to the gardaí, she assured him she would not call them.
The woman said that, as soon as the man left her home, she ran across to her neighbour and her parents and the gardaí were called.
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