Man on trial of sexually assaulting woman in a house in Donegal

A  man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court accused of orally raping and sexually assaulting a female housemate.

The 39-year-old has pleaded not guilty to orally raping and sexually assaulting the woman in a house in County Donegal on October 30, 2010.

The trial continues today before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men.

Prosecuting Counsel Bernard Condon SC said it was the State’s case that at around 6pm the female was in her bedroom watching a movie in the house she shared with a number of other people. She had moved into the house that September and had only just met some of the tenants.

Mr Condon said that the jury will hear that a man she did not know came into her bedroom and said something to her implying that they were going to have sex.

The woman was ordered to take off her clothes by the accused and Mr Condon said the jury will hear that she did so as she was in fear. The alleged assaults then took place.

When the attack was over, the woman suggested the accused go into the sitting room to have a cigarette so that she had time to contact a friend by phone to tell them what had happened.

She also rang her mother, who in turn called the owner of the house. The house owner contacted the gardai, who arrived on the scene shortly after.