A 41-year-old man has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at his home in Dublin.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to raping and falsely imprisoning the girl until she managed to escape the following day.
The incident occurred at a house in a suburb of Dublin on the 21st of August 2017.
Now aged 19, the complainant told the court via video link that she sneaked out of her home that night after being grounded and was approached by a man while alone in her local town.
She alleged that the man had raped her after she went to his home. She then told the trial that the man left the room and closed the door but there was no door handle on her side, trapping her inside the room.
At one point, the accused had left the room to have a shower, at which point the girl stated that she “took her chance and left”.
Gardaí were alerted to the incident in November 2017 when the girl had told one of her teachers about what had happened.
The accused stated that he saw the girl standing on a street near his apartment at approximately 3am. He said that the girl was waiting for a train but he told her that there was no train until the next morning.
He told gardaí, “She asked me if she could stay until the train in the morning,”.
He offered to call the girl a taxi but she declined so he took her into the house. He then told gardaí that he offered the girl a choice between the bed or the sofa to sleep on, upon choosing the sofa, the man claims that he went to bed by himself.
He then claims that the girl came into his bedroom and asked if she could sleep with him.
He went on to say that he woke up the following morning next to the girl. After the girl asked if she could stay on later, the accused asked her to leave the house.
After the girl got on a train home, a friend had told her that her family had been looking for her and was reunited with them at a garda station.
In response to the accusations that the man had held the girl captive in his house, he stated that he threw her out and that the handle on the door wasn’t working properly.
The trial continues before Mr. Justice Paul McDermott and a jury.
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