Donegal woman claims she was raped by her guardian’s foster child

A woman has told the Central Criminal Court she was sexually assaulted and raped by her guardian’s foster child over a ten year period.

A woman has told the Central Criminal Court she was sexually assaulted and raped by her guardian’s foster child over a ten year period.

The accused man has pleaded not guilty to 46 counts of sexual assault and rape of the woman, who is eight years younger than him. The alleged abuse took place between January 1965 and June 1975.

The woman claimed the alleged offences occurred in two different Donegal houses and a shed behind one of the houses when she moved in with her guardian.

She claimed the alleged offences started before her First Holy Communion when she was seven and continued until she completed her Intermediate Certificate in 1975.

The woman told prosecuting counsel, Caroline Biggs SC, she was “beaten, punched, intimidated and put in fear” by the man after he made her perform various acts of indecent assault.

“I remember one occasion he took me to a bedroom and showed me what he called his ‘friend’ which was his penis.

“He was always dominant and on other occasions he would make me rub his penis and suck it,” she explained.

“He always told me not to say anything and because my mam was ill he said I would lose her if I told her what was going on.”

She said the man “never had any respect” for her and would punch her in the head and face when he walked past her in the home.

She said she would lie to her aunt about how she got the bruises and marks, claiming she had fallen down the stairs.

She said he drank a lot and on two separate occasions held a knife to her throat and threatened to slit it if she told anyone what was happening.

“He called me a whore and a bastard and on one occasion locked me in a coal shed when I told him I was going to tell someone what he was doing to me,” the woman said.

She said on one occasion she came home from school early to collect her PE gear and he followed her upstairs to her bedroom.

“He made me take my pants off and then he had oral sex with me and then penetrative sex with me. I had to return to school then. This happened at least three or four times a month,” she said.

“I didn’t consent at any point to any of these acts,” she said.

The trial continues before Justice Paul Carney and a jury of nine women and three men.