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The judge in the trial of a Killorglin woman accused of making a false report to Garda will begin his charge to the jury today.

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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.

She had alleged a man had raped her twice behind Killarney Courthouse in Fairhill carpark.

Yesterday afternoon, closing arguments from both the prosecution and defence were presented to the jury.

Prosecuting counsel Tom Rice said it was only when Jacinta O’Connor was found out with CCTV footage, which showed her leaving a nightclub with another man with whom she later had consensual sex, did she retract her allegation.

Despite saying she was confused, Mr Rice said Ms O’Connor had clarity in her statement in relation to times and a description of her alleged attacker.

Mr Rice said the accused knew she was making an allegation of rape.

Defence counsel Liz Murphy said the state accepted something unpleasant happened to her client on the night which left her with injuries adding a lot of alcohol had been consumed.

Ms Murphy said it is not an offence to withdraw a statement and the state is saying if you do you were deliberately lying when you went to the Garda Station and that is not the law.

She added this prosecution should never have happed.

Judge Tom O’Donnell will begin his charge to the jury of nine women and three women this morning.