Jury deliberations in rape trial enter third day

The jury in the trial of a Co. Donegal man accused of raping a woman when she was a girl is due to being its third day of deliberations this morning.

The jury in the trial of a Co. Donegal man accused of raping a woman when she was a girl is due to being its third day of deliberations this morning.

Last night, the jury was sent home for the second time, having failed to reach a verdict.

The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 46 counts of indecent 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 jury of nine men and three women had been considering its verdict for almost five hours on day five of the trial.

At that stage Mr Justice Paul Carney told them to suspend their deliberations for the evening and they were allowed to go home.

The jury will return today (Thursday) to continue considering its verdict.