Man denies rape of Dublin woman

An Albanian national has denied in the Cental Criminal Court that he raped a Dublin woman who had been dating one of his friends.

An Albanian national has denied in the Cental Criminal Court that he raped a Dublin woman who had been dating one of his friends.

He told defence counsel, Mr Niall Durnin SC, the 27-year-old woman had started touching his backside and genital area while they were dancing in his flat after having some drinks with the friend she was going out with.

She told his friend she wanted to stay with the accused so he left. She went into the bedroom and they had sex, after which she stroked his head and called him her "baby doll" until he fell asleep. He said he did not have to force her to stay or have sex as it was "her desire".

The 38-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to one charge of false imprisonment, one of aggravated sexual assault, one of rape, one of oral rape and a charge of sexual assault on the woman on August 28 and 29, 2000.

He told Mr Durnin 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 said she had asked him to dance with her and when he said no she asked him if he did not like her. He later saw her kiss other men in the club.

He said he was not interested if she was arguing with his friend but when he saw her with him the night of the alleged assault he thought everything was okay between them.

However when they went to his flat, she told him she liked him and began touching him so he began touching her back.

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

He noticed blood on the condom so he went to the bathroom and gave her some tissues. She went to the bathroom and came back to the bed where he fell asleep.

In the morning, when he woke up she said "Good morning baby doll" and told him he must have slept well as he was snoring. He asked her if they could have sex again and she agreed but said she wanted oral sex.

Afterwards she got dressed and left for work. He walked her to the door and she told him to get her phone number from his friend and they would meet up again. He said he did not contact her again.

In cross-examination by Mr Patrick J McCarthy SC, the accused denied he had fabricated the woman's interest in him as it was convenient for him to do so. The accused said it was time for the truth.

He told Mr McCarthy he could not remember the surname of the girlfriend he had at the time because it was a difficult name and he did not speak English very well when he knew her.

He said he did not know the number of her house or the address either but he knew how to get there and could show the gardai if he was taken out in a car. He did not have her phone number either as he had lost his mobile phone.

He said he went on an arranged trip to London for two weeks a couple of days after the alleged assault. He stayed with friends but could not remember the address as it was another difficult name.

He did not have this friend's number either as it was written in a book which he had lost in London. He was able to call his flat mate in Dublin from London and found out the gardai were looking for him as he regularly called his mobile and could remember the number.

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

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