Sister's boyfriend raped girl before Jnr Cert, court told

A Cork woman has alleged she was raped by her sister's boyfriend while she slept beside one of her siblings the night before she sat for her Junior Certificate.

A Cork woman has alleged she was raped by her sister's boyfriend while she slept beside one of her siblings the night before she sat for her Junior Certificate.

Both the girl and her sister claim they were repeatedly raped by their elder sister's boyfriend when they were aged 15 and 17 respectively.

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.

The now 18-year-old woman told prosecuting counsel, Ms Aileen Donnelly SC (with Mr Noel Devitt BL), she was sleeping beside her sister the day before her Junior Certificate was to start when she awoke to find the accused kneeling beside her.

She said he began "touching" her before he took off her pyjama bottoms and put his penis in her vagina, while "moving up and down."

She said he told her in a "scary way" to "shush" because her sister was asleep beside her and when he had finished he then stayed in bed with her "for a long time".

She alleged that on another occasion the accused took off her tights and "touched" her when she was getting ready for a birthday party. She told Ms Donnelly he also threatened she would not be allowed to see her nephew, his son, if she told anybody about the rape.

The girl's now 20-year-old sister has also given evidence of being raped by the accused. She said that the first time it happened she woke to find him beside her in her bed before he raped her.

The hearing continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of one woman and eleven men.

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