A witness in the trial of Donegal man accused of raping his female house mate said she noticed bruising to the victim’s eye and bleeding on her ankles after the alleged attack. The 38-year-old has pleaded not guilty to orally raping and sexually assaulting the woman on October 30, 2010.
The witness told a jury on day-four of the Central Criminal Court trial that she received a phone call making her aware that the alleged victim’s father was looking for her. The witness owned the house where the attack allegedly took place. Both the accused and his alleged victim were tenants at the time.
On receiving the call, the housekeeper went to the house, met the complainant in the hall and noticed she was not herself. “There was bruising to her eye and her ankles were bleeding and she was very distressed and couldn’t speak as she was crying,” the housekeeper said.
“She said to me: ‘I am so glad to see you. Something terrible has happened to me and I thought I was going to die.’”
The housekeeper said she noticed the radiator in the bedroom was on the floor, the bed was out of place and a laptop was on the ground. Wet clothes lay on the floor.
“She began to get upset and I tried to console her and reassured her gardai were on the way,” the witness continued.
She then said she asked the complainant to repeat in front of the accused what she had told her had happened.
“She said the man assaulted her and he said he didn’t and then said he has nothing to say, that she was lying and that he never laid a finger on her.”
“He told me she had received a phone call that her father was involved in a car crash, that she got upset and he said he just consoled her.”
Detective Garda Alfie McHale told prosecuting counsel, Mr Bernard Condon SC, that during garda interview the man repeatedly denied attacking the woman and said there would be no DNA evidence linking him to her.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men.a