Three men have gone on trial for the alleged rape and sexual assault of a woman in a hotel car park six years agoDublin People 15 Mar 2023
By Eimear Dodd
Three men have gone on trial for the alleged rape and sexual assault of a woman in a hotel car park six years ago.
The trial of the three men, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has opened at the Central Criminal Court and is expected to last for six weeks.
The first defendant (22) has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.
A second defendant (23) has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape, one count of oral rape and two counts of sexual assault.
The third defendant (22) has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and one count of oral rape.
The offences are alleged to have occurred on December 20, 2017 at a hotel car park in the Leinster area.
The complainant, who was 17 at the time, told Alice Fawsitt SC, prosecuting, yesterday that she left her home at around 6pm after a friend texted her to go for a drive.
The complainant said her friend didn’t initially tell her who they were going for a drive with, but she expected it would be her friend’s cousin.
The complainant said her friend told her when they met up that they were going to go for a drive with boys she knew.
The complainant said her friend used her phone to contact the boys.
She also heard them use a slang word for sex while talking to her friend, who said no.
The complainant was socialising with friends when a car pulled up with four male passengers.
She said she was told the name of one boy, but she didn’t know who they were at that point.
Her friend and another person went to the car and the complainant said her friend called her over.
The complainant said her friend initially refused requests to get into the car.
The complainant followed her friend when she got into the car.
“She’s my friend, I didn’t want to see her going on her own,” the complainant said.
She said they drove for a while, then stopped outside a house.
She got out of the car and said the boys “all panicked” and told her to get back in.
She said one of the four boys got out of the car and got into another vehicle.
The complainant told Ms Fawsitt that she didn’t know where she was, but saw signs for the area and the hotel.
When the car drove into the grounds of the hotel, it drove onto a “country road” into a “big open land” with “nothing in it”.
The complainant said she got out of the car and walked away as she was “scared” .
She said the first defendant stopped her, then kissed her.
He undid her jeans, put his hands down her trousers and touched her vagina.
The woman said she felt shocked when he undid her belt.
The complainant said she refused when the first defendant asked her for sex. She said he didn’t listen to her, but took her to the car.
He then got her to sit in the front passenger seat and attempted to remove her trousers.
She said she stopped him and removed the trousers herself.
She said she continued to tell him no, but he didn’t listen.
The first defendant then got on top of her and attempted to have sex with her, she said.
The complainant said the second defendant then got into the car and asked for a threesome.
She said no, but he took her hand and “used it to give himself a wank”.
She said the first defendant was still having sex with her at this point.
When the first defendant was finished, the complainant said the second defendant then had sex with her and also used his fingers.
The woman said the second defendant then asked her for a “blowjob”, which she refused.
She said he kept asking her and was becoming aggressive.
She said: “I did it because I was afraid he was going to hurt me”.
After this, the complainant said the third defendant then asked her for oral sex, and she initially refused.
She said she then did it as “he kept saying it and getting more aggressive”.
She said the third defendant instructed her to get into the back seat, which she did.
He then had sex with her.
The complainant said she doesn’t recall seeing her friend during this time, but remembers that the second car had arrived at the same location.
The trial continues today before Ms Justice Melanie Greally and the jury.