Albanian tells court woman called him 'baby doll'

An Albanian national told gardaí that a Dublin woman who claims he raped her was stroking his head and calling him her "baby doll" after they had sex.

An Albanian national told gardaí that a Dublin woman who claims he raped her was stroking his head and calling him her "baby doll" after they had sex.

He said he had no need to rape the 27-year-old alleged victim as he had a girlfriend whom he planned to marry, a Central Criminal Court jury heard.

The 38-year-old accused said in interviews with gardaí that the woman had just started a relationship with his friend but after a night drinking with both of them, she told him (accused) she wanted to stay with him and not his friend.

He said they had been kissing earlier in the evening and after they had sex she stroked his head and called him her "baby doll". He added he did not rape her and would never use force with a woman.

He has pleaded not guilty to one charge each of false imprisonment, aggravated sexual assault, rape, oral rape and sexual assault on the woman on August 28 and 29, 2000.

Garda Paul Carney told prosecuting counsel, Mr Patrick J McCarthy SC (with Ms Melanie Greally BL) the accused had voluntarily presented himself at the garda station on September 14.

He told the gardaí he had met the woman at a nightclub with his friend and said she had been following him around asking why his friend was kissing other women.

He later saw her kissing two other men, one of whom left the club with her and her female friend.

The accused said he was not attracted to the woman that night but the night in his flat, she had told him she liked him and they had been kissing and dancing together.

His friend asked the woman to leave with him but she said she wanted to stay with the accused. His friend left and he went into the bedroom with her where they had sex.

He said the door was open all night and the woman could have left at any time. She could also have called his flat mate for help when he came home after working nights.

Gda Carney said he asked how he could have raped her in the top flat of a house with wooden floors as someone would have heard them and also why none of her clothes had been torn.

The accused told him he had gone to London on August 31 on a trip he had already arranged. He was told by a friend that the gardaí wanted to talk to him so he went to the garda station when he returned to Ireland.

He said he had left his duvet cover in his shower to be washed and thought his flat mate would have washed them while he was gone. He denied he was washing them to hide evidence and said it was normal to wash duvets after sexual intercourse.

The trial is continuing before Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill and a jury of nine men and three women.

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