A woman raped by three teenagers on a beach tells of “cruel” cross-examination

A young woman who was driven onto a beach by three teenagers and gang raped in a car has described how her fight for justice endured two trials and several days of “cruel” cross-examination.

Genocky, 23, Troy Ryan, 24, and Daryl Rooney, 24, were 17 and 18 when they drove the then 18-year-old teenager to Dollymount Strand six years ago, where they took turns raping her.

The court heard that after the woman was raped by the three men, she was told to get into a second car that had arrived at the scene. Two other men from that car then raped her before leaving her on the beach. These men are not on trial.

Genocky of Clarion Quay Apartments, Rooney of Railway Street and Ryan of Lower Gardiner Street, all in Dublin city center, were arrested on 5 January 2016 following a second trial at the Central Criminal for the rape of the woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin , court sentenced this year.

The jury in the first trial, held in 2020, was unable to reach a verdict.

At a sentencing hearing today, the court was packed with supporters who had written testimonies on behalf of the three men and were present to be cross-examined.

Eilis Brennan SC, who is defending himself, said she did not need to cross-examine these individuals because they all said they were aware of the rape convictions.

Lord Justice David Keane said he would accept the testimonies on that basis and the court was cleared, leaving only two to three supporters for each man in court. The woman did not appear in court in person and gave her victim testimony via video link.

She told the court her life had been put on hold for the past six years.

“I anxiously awaited the day when they would get away with the pain and trauma they inflicted on me,” she said.

“I never felt like me again after they raped me and left me in fear for my safety.”

The woman said she went through two trials in which she was interrogated “for days” and questioned “cruelly” about her past and childhood, much of which was spent in foster care. “I didn’t feel like a victim,” she said.

“My mental health has suffered so much since they raped me,” she said. She told the court she struggled with drug addiction and she will never get those years back.

“I fought hard to get justice,” she said. “I haven’t given up. I didn’t give up when I was threatened. I fought back. I fought back to get justice for myself and the safety of other women.”

The woman concluded her statement with the hope that the three men “will pay for the pain, trauma and loss they caused me that night”.

Sergeant Paul Sweeney told Ms Brennan that the young woman, who had recently left government care, had traveled to Dublin on the day in question to meet friends. Later that evening she bought some Xanax pills and then went to an internet cafe.

There she was approached by a boy and said that the three teenagers whom she had never met before wanted to speak to her. The men told her they wanted to take her for a “quick spin.”

The woman initially declined but eventually agreed, leaving the cafe with Ryan, 17, and Rooney, 18, to get into a car outside, driven by Genocky, 17. CCTV footage from the internet café was shown to the trial.

The court heard the men drove into Clontarf and down to the end of the wooden bridge at Dollymount Strand, where they stopped at a shelter. Genocky then asked the woman, “Are we going to have some fun?”

The woman replied no, she didn’t want to and she only wanted to drive for a short time, but the men “didn’t listen,” according to the court.

Genocky and Rooney got out of the car and stood in the dugout while Ryan retrieved a condom from a stash in the car’s glove compartment and raped the woman. When he was done, Genocky climbed in and put on a condom.

Genocky tried to “sweet” the woman, the court heard, saying he would not hurt her before proceeding to rape her.

Genocky then handed a condom to Rooney, who raped the woman. At that point, the woman “didn’t even have a chance to say no.” It was “three against one” and she had no choice, the court heard.

The trial heard that her door had a child lock and she couldn’t get out of the car the entire time she was there.

The woman was told another person would pick her up and take her home, and the men quickly left the scene. Another car arrived with three men and she was raped by two of the men in that car. She said that afterwards the men all got in their cars, laughed and drove away, leaving her in the middle of nowhere.

The court heard cellphone evidence from one of the man’s phones showing he had called an occupant of the second car.

The woman immediately called 999 and was taken to the hospital. The men were identified from CCTV footage from the internet cafe and arrested in 2018.

Genocky testified in court and said he had never disrespected a woman in his life. Defense attorneys claimed the woman initiated sex, and Genocky said the woman was treated with nothing but respect by him and his “two gentleman friends.”

Genocky has no prior convictions while Ryan has 24 prior convictions including larceny and drugs.

Rooney has 225 prior convictions, including violent disorder, drugs, public order violations, trespassing, larceny, and traffic offenses. All three have been in custody since April when they were found guilty.

The court heard the men all had partners on trial to support them. They are now fathers, except for Ryan, whose partner is pregnant with their first child.

The defense attorney submitted a number of reports as well as the testimonies for the men. Judge Keane adjourned the case until October 21, when their pleas for leniency will be heard.

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