Rape trial latest: Fibres found on duvet

The trial of a man accused of raping a female housemate has heard forensic evidence that fibres from his socks were found on her duvet covers.

The trial of a man accused of raping a female housemate has heard forensic evidence that fibres from his socks were found on her duvet covers.

The jury also heard that saliva was found on the man’s penis and that the woman’s clothing and bedroom floor were urine stained.

The 38-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to orally raping and sexually assaulting the woman in a County Donegal house on October 30, 2010.

Ms Bridget Flemming, forensic scientist with the State laboratory, told the jury that she examined the woman’s duvet cover and clothes of the accused and the complainant that were found in the bedroom where the incident was alleged to have occurred.

She said she had been told that the accused claimed no sexual activity had taken place and that he had not been in the woman’s bedroom that night.

Ms Fleming said she found 31 fibres from the complainant’s duvet cover on the accused’s socks and 10 fibres from the accused’s navy socks on the woman’s duvet cover.

She concluded the fibre findings “strongly supported” the proposition that the accused was in the woman’s bedroom during the alleged incident.

Ms Fleming told defence counsel, Mr Desmond Murphy SC, that she was not aware that it was now his client’s position that there was consensual sexual activity between the woman and him.

Ms Marce Lee Gorman, also a forensic scientist with the State laboratory, examined swabs taken from the genital area of the complainant and the accused’s penis.

She also examined the woman’s clothing and a wet stain on the woman’s floor after she was told that the complainant told gardai she had urinated during the alleged sex assault.

Ms Lee Gorman told Mr Bernard Condon SC, prosecuting that no semen was found on the swabs taken from the complainant.

She said there was saliva found on the swab taken from the accused’s penis and she sent this forward for DNA profiling.

Ms Lee Gorman said the woman’s tights, underwear and shorts smelled of urine and tested positive for the presence of it as did the wet stain found on the complainant’s bedroom floor.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men.