A Kerry man has gone on trial accused of raping a prostitute and later trying to pervert the course of justice by sending her threatening messages.
The man, who is legally entitled to anonymity, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape and sexual assault of the woman in a hotel room in Dublin city on March 28, 2010. He also denied two counts of threatening or putting in fear a witness in a garda investigation on dates between April 29 and May 28, 2010. In her direct evidence the woman said she had agreed to meet the man for a “girlfriend experience” but that he became rough and forced her to perform oral sex on him while holding her by the hair. She said weeks after the alleged rape she received texts and emails referring to telling her family and neighbours in a rural Irish village that she was working as a prostitute. It is the State’s case that these texts and emails were sent by the accused for the purpose of intimidating the woman. Defence barrister Thomas Creed put it to the woman that his client believed at all times that she was consenting to the sexual acts that took place in the hotel room. He said “there may have been abusive talk or exuberant sex. There wasn’t the violence that you describe. At all times he was under the impression that you were consenting.” The woman said these were all lies and that she did not consent to what happened. The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.