Cork man faces trial for raping teenage girls

A Cork man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with raping two teenage girls.

A Cork man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with raping two teenage girls.

The 31-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to a total of 14 charges. He denies five charges each of raping both complainants and four charges of sexually assaulting the younger complainant on dates in 2003 and 2004. The offences are alleged to have happened variously at three Cork addresses and in a car.

Prosecuting counsel, Ms Aileen Donnelly SC (with Mr Noel Devitt BL) told the jury in opening the case that it was alleged the accused "engaged in a litany of sexual offending" against the two girls, one of whom was aged 16-17 years at the time and the second girl 15.

Ms Donnelly said the elder girl complained that the offences in her case began when she woke to find the accused in her bed where he had sexual intercourse with her.

The younger girl also complained of waking in her bed one night to find him sexually assaulting her with his hands. Ms Donnelly said she claimed he continued to rape and sexually assault her, sometimes in his car.

Counsel said the accused denied all their allegations when interviewed by gardai.

The hearing continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy with legal argument in the absence of the jury of two women and ten men.

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