Donegal man on trial for rape of teenage girl at youth disco

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Central Criminal Court

A Donegal man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court accused of raping a younger girl during a youth disco when he was a teenager.

The 20-year-old was aged 15 when he allegedly pushed the 14-year-old girl into a nightclub toilet and raped her in a toilet cubicle. The pair were seen kissing shortly before the alleged incident. The girl first reported the allegations seven months later.

The man, who is legally entitled to anonymity, has pleaded not  guilty to rape and sexual assault of the girl at a nightclub in a Co Donegal town on December 23, 2010.

The accused told gardaí that he had no recollection of being in the girls’ toilet in the nightclub, the trial heard yesterday.

Cross examining the woman, Peter Finlay SC, defending, said: “I suggest what happened is that you went into the toilets with this young boy and the two of you were fondling each other and it got out of hand.

Counsel put it to her that she had been sitting on his lap before this and kissing him and that they went into the toilet for “a little more privacy”. She again denied this.

She said she was asking the accused to stop and to let her out of the cubicle. She testified that she had kissed the boy before the alleged assault after her girl friends encouraged her ‘to meet’ him.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan and a jury of seven men and five women.


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