29 Sept 2022

Evidence concludes: Witness tells trial alleged Longford rape victim did not appear upset or distressed

The Central Criminal Court, Dublin

A Longford woman who was allegedly kidnapped and raped by her former partner did not appear upset or distressed at the time, a witness has told a jury.

The woman's partner is accused of kidnapping her after she obtained a barring order against him. He also allegedly beat and threatened the 29 year old throughout their five year relationship.

The allegations made in the Central Criminal Court include that he locked the woman and their children in a rat infested, flooded apartment for hours on end. She also alleged he urinated on her and her son and that held her head under water in the bath, knowing that she had a fear of water.

The woman further alleged the man forced her to drink a pint of milk and would slap her whenever she split a drop.

She told the jury she decided to leave him for good after he threatened to “put the teeth down your throat” when she asked if she could go to the gym.

The accused, who is the father of the woman's children, has pleaded not  guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, false imprisonment, and production of an article in November 2015 and three counts of assault causing harm between 2011 and 2015. A charge of breaching a barring order and one count of assault are not being proceeded with.

On Friday, a witness for the defence said the accused came to her house on the night of the alleged kidnapping with the woman. She said there were no signs of upset or distress and that the woman drank two bottles of cider.

She told defence counsel Michael Bowman SC that she was with the pair for the entire evening and that there was no conversation about a barring order or about the accused man going to jail.

She said that at one point two gardaí called to the door which caused the alleged victim to jump up and grab the accused's hand before asking “Oh no, what will we do?”. The witness said she lied to the gardaí when they asked if the accused was there and then went away.

The woman said she had no reason to lie to the court and that she had no particular loyalty to the accused man.

Prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan SC put it to her that the alleged victim had told her on the night that she was there against her will. The witness denied this and said if she had, she would have driven the woman home.

She said the complainant had no problem coming in her front door that night.

Counsel asked the woman why the complainant had left the house at 3am and gone to the neighbour's in a very distressed state. The witness said she didn't know anything about this.

Mr Grehan also asked her if she was not curious as to why the accused was later arrested outside her home and why the gardaí were searching her house. She said she asked the gardaí but they wouldn't give her a straight answer. She also said she couldn't remember what the gardaí told her because “it was a long time ago.”

Counsel called this a “tissue of lies” and said her evidence “beggars belief.”

Evidence has now finished in the trial which will resume on Monday with closing speeches before Ms Justice Carmel Stewart.

Also Read:

Trial Day One: Gardai changed nappies and cooked dinner for children after mother allegedly kidnapped from Longford home

Trial Day Two: Longford man tells of woman's claim she was kidnapped by former partner

Trial Day Three: Rape trial continues with technical evidence

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