Woman thought she was “going to die” during rape in Donegal house

A woman has told a jury she thought she was “going to die” when a man entered her bedroom in a house in County Donegal, and demanded she have sex with him.

The woman said on day-two of the Central Criminal Court trial that she vomited when the man entered her room and demanded she take her clothes off.

The 38-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to orally raping and sexually assaulting the woman on October 30, 2010.

The woman was sharing a house with a number of tenants, including the accused, but said she had never met him before as he had been away when she moved in.

The complainant, who was sharing a house with a number of tenants, including the accused, said she had never met him before as he had been away from the house for several months when she moved in.

She said he arrived at her bedroom door at around 6pm that evening.

She told prosecuting counsel Bernard Condon SC she thought he was joking when he said they were going to have sex, but became afraid as he jumped on her on the bed and put his hands on her shoulders. A struggle ensued and the woman said both of them fell from the bed onto the floor.

She said she vomited, and asked him if he was he going to kill her. She claimed he told her he wouldn't if she was a good girl. Afterwards, she contacted members of her family by mobile phone.

Under cross-examination, the woman told Mr Desmond Murphy, SC she did not try to escape from the house because she wanted the accused to be “caught on the spot.”

She denied making up the events, as she wanted to escape from the consequences of having consensual sexual activity with the accused.

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