The jury is to begin deliberations today in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman when she was a child. The alleged victim claimed he raped her in two different houses and a shed in Donegal prior to her mother’s death. She alleged the abuse continued when she moved in with her guardian and the defendant, who was her guardian’s foster son. The accused man, now 62, 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.
Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC said his client admitted he was physically violent towards the woman and her siblings but denies sexual abuse and rape. “As I got older the sex side got less and the physical violence was more,” the woman said. She said shortly after the sexual abuse started her mother became ill and she passed away several months later. The woman denied there was any romantic interest between her and the accused.
The accused claimed that her guardian intervened when she suspected there might be “feelings between” them and he never had sex with the alleged victim. He told gardaí he was institutionalised and suffered physical abuse before he was fostered. This was why he was physically abusive to the complainant and her siblings. He wanted them “to suffer the same fate I had suffered. They received beatings from me.” He said any allegations of sexual assault or rape have “no foundations.” “Until the day I die I deny all that,” he told gardaí.
Mr Justice Paul Carney is due to sent the jury out to deliberate on their verdict today.