Jury retires to consider verdict in case of Killorglin woman charged with making false statement

The jury in the case of a Killorglin woman charged with knowingly making a false report to Gardai that she had been raped will retire to consider its verdict after lunch.

The four-day trial has entered its closing stages at Tralee Circuit Court.

Tralee Courthouse


26-year-old Jacinta O’Connor 3 Steele Row, Killorglin has pleaded not guilty to knowingly making a false report at Killarney Garda Station that an offence had occurred on 22nd September 2014.

Ms O’Connor claimed she had been raped twice by a man wearing a green hoodie at the back of Killarney Courthouse.

She later retracted this statement when shown CCTV footage by Gardai of her leaving a nightclub with another man whom she had consensual sex with in an underground carpark.

In his charge to the jury Judge Tom O’Donnell said credibility is at the centre of the case.

The judge asked them to use common sense, to disregard sympathy for all sides and to approach their deliberations in a cold, forensic and dispassionate manner.

The jury of nine women and three men will begin their deliberations at 2pm.