Man denies raping 18 year old woman in Donegal alleyway in 2012

 

 

Central Criminal Court

A woman who was allegedly raped as a teenager during a night out has told a jury that the subsequent medical examination was nearly worse than the rape itself.

The first day of the trial of a Donegal man accused of raping the then 18 years also heard that he allegedly inflicted injuries which required her to go to hospital.

The accused has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape in the alleyway of a town Donegal in July 2012.

The now 22 year old woman told the trial that the medical examination she underwent in a sexual assault treatment unit was “awful” and “nearly worse than the thing itself.”

It was very intrusive, she told prosecuting counsel Pauline Walley SC.

The woman said she went to a night club with several friends where she ran into the accused. She knew him and had kissed him four or five times before but never had sexual intercourse with him she said.

She wanted to go outside to make a phone call and the accused offered to go with her. Once outside he said he wanted to use an ATM and led her up a back alley which had no street lights she said.

She said he then had sex with her against her will while holding her arms at her sides.

Asked if she consented she replied, “I said right from the start that this wasn't happening here. He knew fine rightly that I didn't want that to happen.”

She said she met up with friends nearby and told them she had been raped. They took her to the hospital and gardaí were alerted.

She said she felt “terrified” later that day and regretted going to the hospital because “it all became so formal then.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women.