Man on trial for attempted rape 'could barely fit' any more cocaine up his nose

A west Dublin man on trial for attempting to rape a drunk teenage girl told gardaí he had snorted so much cocaine on the night that he "could barely fit it up my nose anymore".

A west Dublin man on trial for attempting to rape a drunk teenage girl told gardaí he had snorted so much cocaine on the night that he "could barely fit it up my nose anymore".

The 24-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault of the then 18-year-old girl on October 26, 2007.

Garda Emer Le Monde told prosecuting counsel, Ms Deirdre Murphy SC (with Mr Kerida Naidoo BL), that the accused came to the Garda station voluntarily and made a statement saying he could remember little about the incident and that "everyone was drinking and consuming 'hash' and cocaine" at a party.

He claimed he and the girl agreed to go to bed together but that he couldn't remember what happened next. He said he just remembered her brother telling him to get out of his house.

"I had a feeling I'd done something wrong but I just don't remember," he told gardaí. "I'm really sorry if I did do it. I had no intention, I never had any intention."

Garda Le Monde said the accused claimed he didn't know how the girl got a black eye and said he didn't remember punching her. He agreed with gardaí that he thought they were going to sleep together because they had been kissing throughout the night, and added: "Why would I force myself on her?"

Her brother said in evidence that he and the accused were taking cocaine but that no one else was.

He said he went up to the bedroom when he heard a bang and saw the accused sitting on his sister but that he then got up and ran past him, of the house.

The woman has stated in evidence that she was very drunk and couldn't remember large parts of the night and was unaware of cocaine being used in her brother's west Dublin house in which she was socialising.

She also denied a suggestion by defence counsel, Mr Luán Ó Braonáin SC (with Ms Anne-Marie Lawlor BL), in cross-esamination, that it took a long time to call the gardaí after the alleged 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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