One of the four men accused of raping a young girl “one after the other” told Gardaí that after the alleged events he thought she might “come to her senses” and go to the police, a trial had taken place.
The four men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have all pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to raping the then 17-year-old girl at a Midlands location on December 27, 2016.
The first accused, aged 22, has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment.
The second defendant, 24, has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, one count of oral rape and one count of false imprisonment.
The third defendant, 24, has also pleaded not guilty to a further charge of rape, two charges of sexual assault and one charge of false imprisonment.
The fourth defendant, 23, has also pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault.
All offenses are said to have been committed at different locations in the Midlands on the same day against the same woman when the accused were aged between 17 and 19.
It is the allegation that the applicant got into a car with the men in the early hours of the morning and was driven to a place where the four accused and a fifth man, not in court, raped her “one after the other”.
Lorcan Staines SC, Prosecutor, read before the jury today the memos of the interviews of the first Gardaí defendant on the alleged events.
During an interview, Gardaí asked the first defendant if he agreed with what happened to the complainant in the car. He replied that she didn’t say stop.
Gardaí asked the first suspect what happened after he dropped everyone who was in the car. He replied that he went home and went back to his bed but couldn’t sleep and then started thinking “five boys and a girl”.
The first accused said that was when he thought she “might come to her senses” and go to the Gardaí.
He said she agreed and that nothing really happened, “but you never know.”
Gardaí asked him what he meant by her coming to her senses. He replied that she was in a car with five men and that she had sex with four of them. He told gardaí he didn’t have sex with her.
Gardaí asked the first defendant how the applicant was behaving. He replied that she was very drunk and didn’t know “what, where, how”.
The first accused told gardaí that he would not have returned from a country visited if he had been guilty. He said he came back because he was certain of his innocence.
In a subsequent interview with Gardaí, the first accused was asked if his DNA would be found on the complainant. He replied that it might be found on her body but not inside her.
The first accused told Gardaí that at a location in the Midlands he had touched the applicant’s leg, touched her stomach outside of her clothing and touched her chest when her top was down.
Gardaí asked what happened when he touched her breast and if he had asked her if he could touch her. He replied that at that time she had stopped having sex with the third defendant and that he had not asked her if he could touch her.
The first accused informed Gardaí that the applicant cried after leaving the Midlands town on his way back to a Midlands town. He said he told the second and third defendants to stop what they were doing.
He said he slowed the car and asked if she was okay. He said she said she was fine.
In another interview with gardaí, the first defendant was asked about messages that a non-trial person had sent to one of the other defendants.
Mr Staines read a message in which this other person tells one of the defendants to delete all messages and pictures because they may be after you and then says to delete the messages from him too.
The first accused said he was in a Garda station when these messages were sent.
Gardaí asked the first defendant why this person would order one of the defendants to erase data from his phone.
The first accused said because this person was at his house and he thinks the person thought he was in big trouble and it was very serious and that’s why the person did it.
The first defendant said he did not know which images this person was referring to. He said this person knew nothing about what happened that night.
Gardaí asked the first accused if he had deleted anything. He replied that he had deleted messages about leaving the applicant’s passport, to which she had not replied. He said he deleted her and blocked her on Facebook.
The first accused said he deleted this stuff because he was scared. He said he was scared because she might think he had stolen her passport and the Gardaí could be after him, and also because of what happened in the car that night.
The trial will continue before Judge Tara Burns and a jury.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/one-of-four-men-accused-of-raping-girl-17-one-after-another-told-gardai-she-was-very-drunk-and-crying-but-did-not-tell-them-to-stop-trial-hears-41475215.html One of four men accused of raping a girl, 17, “one after the other” told gardaí she was very drunk and was crying but didn’t tell her to stop, according to the trial