Drunk teen woke to find man trying to have sex with her, court hears

A teenage girl has claimed at the Central Criminal Court that she woke to find a Dublin man trying to have sex with her and that he punched her repeatedly in the face when she tried to cry out.

A teenage girl has claimed at the Central Criminal Court that she woke to find a Dublin man trying to have sex with her and that he punched her repeatedly in the face when she tried to cry out.

The 19-year-old complainant said she was drunk and "vaguely remembers" her friend putting her to bed at around 5 am before the alleged attack.

The teenager said she drank eight pints of lager, "a couple of shots" and up to five cans of beer but denied she knew cocaine had been taken in the house where she was socialising with friends.

The 24-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault of the woman on October 26, 2007 in west Dublin.

She told prosecuting counsel, Ms Deirdre Murphy SC (with Mr Kerida Naidoo BL), she met up with her friends and had been drinking since two o'clock in the afternoon before her brother arrived with the accused who she had never met before.

She said after the pub, they went to an off-license and bought two crates of beer and then went back to her brother's house where they continued drinking.

She told Ms Murphy that after being put to bed by her friend, she woke to find the accused had dragged her onto the floor and was lying on top of her with his arm over her neck so she couldn't breath or call out.

She said he leaned back trying to undo her trousers, which gave her the opportunity to cry out for help.

She claimed he then punched her "three or four times" in the face and ear before she screamed again and her brother came in. She said the accused then got up off her and ran out of the house and the gardaí were called.

The complainant agreed with defence counsel, Mr Luán Ó Braonáin SC (with Ms Anne-Marie Lawlor BL), in cross-examination, that she may have kissed the accused in the kitchen before going to bed.

She also agreed with Mr Ó Braonáin that "this may have happened" when counsel put it to her that they had been sitting on the stairs before agreeing to "take things upstairs."

Mr Ó Braonáin suggested that the accused went into the toilet before following her into the front bedroom where he went to kiss her.

He put it to her that she had fallen asleep instantly and was startled when she was awoken by the accused trying to kiss her which caused her to slap him.

Mr Ó Braonáin said his client panicked and responded by punching her in the face.

She admitted she was very drunk and couldn't remember large parts of the night. She denied another suggestion by Mr Ó Braonáin that it took a long time to call the gardaí after the incident because they had to clean up cocaine in the living room.

The hearing continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury of seven women and five men.

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