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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Father found guilty of raping son's girlfriend

JURY VERDICT AT CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT

A WEXFORD MAN has been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting his son's girlfriend.

The 46-year-old accused had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of rape and one count of sex assault in his car on August 13, 2006.

The jury returned verdicts of guilty on both counts on day 10 of the trial following deliberations lasting almost seven hours.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy thanked the jury of eight men and three women for their service and exempted them from further service for 10 years beyond the usual period.

He certified the man as a sex offender and adjourned the case to May 30 for sentencing. The woman had told Mr Gerry Clarke SC, prosecuting, that she had accepted a lift home from the accused but he drove past her house, pulled in at the side of a road, kissed her neck when she turned her face away and said, ' You want this as much as me.'

She said he then drove her to a lane after she had cried and repeatedly asked him to take her home.

The woman told Mr Clarke that the accused took off his seatbelt, started kissing her by grabbing her face and tried to remove her jeans as she pushed him away.

She said he blocked her arm after she beeped the horn.

The woman said the man covered her mouth as she struggled and screamed, got her trousers down as far as her knee and moved back to the driver side to remove his jeans. The woman told Mr Clarke that the accused said something like, ' You're such a foolish girl for not carrying around condoms for fellas like me, when she responded negatively to his question about her being on contraception. The accused man had denied raping or sexually assaulting the complainant, and said she had 'definitely' come on to him, but the jury found against him and chose to convict.

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