Deliberations begin in trial of Dublin man accused of raping wife with household object

Deliberations Begin In Trial Of Dublin Man Accused Of Raping Wife With Household Object Deliberations Begin In Trial Of Dublin Man Accused Of Raping Wife With Household Object
The man is changed with 15 offences contrary to the Rape Amendment Act. Photo: PA Images
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Declan Brennan

The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Dublin man accused of repeatedly raping his wife using household objects.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 15 counts of raping the woman on unknown dates between January 1st, 2005 and September 5th, 2014.

The charges allege that the accused sexually assaulted the woman various household items. All 15 alleged offences are contrary to section 4 of the 1990 Rape Amendment Act.

It is the State’s case that the now 49-year-old woman was unconscious and unable to give her consent when her husband carried out the rapes. The accused has told the jury that all the sexual acts were consensual.

He denied that he took the opportunity to place objects inside his wife without her consent while she was “unconscious, asleep, out cold”.


On Thursday afternoon, Justice Paul Burns sent the jury home to return to court on Friday morning and resume deliberations. The jury went out on Thursday morning and has deliberated for just over four hours.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can call the national 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline at 1800-77 8888, access text service and webchat options at, or visit Rape Crisis Help. 

In the case of an emergency, always dial 999/112. 

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