A Dublin man has gone on trial accused of raping a college student he met on Tinder. The man in his 30s denies the charge which is alleged to have happened in the Dublin Mountains in September 2014.
In his opening address to the jury, Prosecuting barrister Alexander Owens said the alleged victim joined Tinder in September 2014 and exchanged messages with the accused.
They then started messaging via What’s App and there were some telephone calls. They then arranged to meet up on the 11th September where he picked her up outside her home. It would be alleged they went for a drive and then to a fast food restaurant where they got coffee and ice cream.
It would then be alleged they went for a drive and he made a sexual advance on her that was rebuffed at Kilmashogue Lane which is close to the Dublin Mountains. The Prosecuting barrister said it would be alleged the accused got extremely angry, ordered the woman out of his car and drove away.
It was after 10pm. She was stuck there and out of telephone communication. It would be alleged the accused came back and said ‘alright get back into the car’ which she did. Her evidence would be that he drove further up Kilmashogue Lane where he allegedly raped her.
Before the trial opened, the Judge warned the jurors not to do any of their own investigation on the internet and said cases have recently collapsed because of this.