Alleged rape 'was drunken orgy', court told

The alleged rape of a woman in her Monaghan home has been described as a “drunken orgy” by a defence counsel for one of the accused men.

The alleged victim also denied telling “dark lies” about another accused holding her down while she was raped.

The first named accused (aged 28), who also lived in the house at the time, is alleged to have falsely imprisoned the woman, raped her and assaulted her and her partner causing them harm.

The second accused (aged 20) is accused of assaulting the couple, causing them harm, falsely imprisoning the woman and raping her.

The third accused (aged 20) is accused of raping her.

The alleged attacks took place between November 15-19, 2010. All three accused have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to all counts.

Counsel for the third accused, Mr Peter Finlay SC, put it to the alleged victim that his client went upstairs “in the middle of this drunken orgy” with the impression that he was allowed have sex with the woman.

Counsel said when the accused entered the room the woman told him to “fuck off” and he returned downstairs. The woman replied that she doesn’t know if this is what happened.

Counsel said there was no DNA evidence found on the accused’s genitals, indicating sexual intercourse did not take place.

Mr Sean Gillane SC, defending the second accused, put it to the woman that she was telling “dark lies” about his client holding her down while another man raped her. He also said it was “a lie and a nonsense” that his client imprisoned her in a wardrobe before she was raped.

The woman denied this.

She agreed with counsel that she told gardaí the second named accused had participated in a rape on her on the Wednesday. In her evidence during the trial she has said the incident took place on the Friday.

Mr Gillane put it to her that both the defence and the prosecution said his client was not there on the Wednesday and that he was not “within a million miles” of the house that day.

The complainant agreed she did not see Mr Gillane’s client on Wednesday but said that her partner did.

Mr Gillane reiterated the woman said that his client was there on the Wednesday and had participated in a rape on her.

“What’s in front of you is an allegation of rape in a room you weren’t in by a man who wasn’t there”, he said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of seven men and five women.

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