Cork rape trial

Cork rape trial hears accused was ‘in shock’ at Garda questions about their sex life

Falsely Accused

The accused man faces a total of 59 charges, including two counts of raping his then-partner, “numerous counts of sexually assaulting her”, and cruelty to her three children. File photo A 56-year-old Cork man accused of raping his then-partner refused to answer questions about his sex life with her and said: “I am in shock by you asking.”

 

This reply was one of the replies recorded in memos of interviews that gardaí had with him about allegations of raping and sexually assaulting his then-partner.

The accused man was questioned about his life with the complainant before they separated. “How often would you have had sexual relations?” He replied, “I am not going to answer that. I would consider that a personal question.” 

Asked “would you describe your relationship as a warm, loving one?” he replied: “Yes and no.” Details of his ex-partner’s allegations of rape and sexual assault were put to him. “I deny all these complaints. This is not the first time accusations and false allegations have been levelled at me,” the accused said when interviewed by local gardaí.

He said that the complainant made the allegations when she was looking for a safety order or a barring order in court but she did not continue with it and the application was withdrawn.

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