Rape trial continues at Central Criminal Court

A witness in the trial of Donegal man accused of raping his female house mate said she noticed bruising to the victim’s eye and bleeding on her ankles after the alleged attack.

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

The witness told a jury on day-four of the Central Criminal Court trial that she received a phone call making her aware that the alleged victim’s father was looking for her.

The witness owned the house where the attack allegedly took place. Both the accused and his alleged victim were tenants at the time.

On receiving the call, the housekeeper went to the house, met the complainant in the hall and noticed she was not herself.

The housekeeper said she noticed the radiator in the bedroom was on the floor, the bed was out of place and a laptop was on the ground. Wet clothes lay on the floor.

She asked the complainant to repeat in front of the accused what she had told her had happened.

“She said the man assaulted her and he said he didn't

Detective Garda Alfie McHale told prosecuting counsel that during garda interview the man repeatedly denied attacking the woman and said there would be no DNA evidence linking him to her.

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