Tralee Circuit Court has heard how a Czech man accused of raping a woman in Killarney had his home searched, clothing seized and a DNA sample taken.
The woman later retracted her statement when presented with CCTV footage of her leaving a nightclub with another man with whom she had consensual sex with on the night in question.
26-year-old Jacinta O’Connor 3 Steele Row, Killorglin is charged with knowingly making a false report at Killarney Garda Station that an offence has occurred on 22nd September 2014.
Investigating guard in the case Detective Sergeant John Kelly told the court he had identified the man Ms O’Connor accused of raping her from CCTV footage, which showed him walking behind the accused as she walked from Fairhill carpark towards Killarney Garda Station.
The Czech national’s apartment was searched; he was interviewed, a DNA sample taken and items of clothing including a green hoodie was also taken.
Mr Kelly said the man was a suspect in the alleged rape due to Ms O’Connor’s complaint.
The Detective Sergeant said CCTV footage showed that the accused had not left the Grand alone but with a man who wasn’t the Czech national.
In March 2015 in an interview with Gardai, after retracting her statement, Ms O’Connor said she did remember having sex that night.
When asked why she was so uncertain with whom she replied that she was drunk on the night.
Detective Sergeant Kelly asked the accused if she understood the gravity of the allegation and that the man she alleged raped her was questioned and his home searched.
Ms O’Connor said she felt bad, she shouldn’t have done it, she knew now it was stupid and she shouldn’t have put anyone through it.
She added that night she was confused and alone.
Detective Sergeant Kelly put it to Ms O’Connor that she made up a story, she had no way home, she had consensual sex which she regretted and when the Garda at the counter of Killarney Garda Station refused to drive her home she claimed she was raped.
Under cross examination the Detective Sergeant said samples taken from Ms O’Connor and the Czech national were never analysed once they became aware the allegation of rape was false.