A woman has told a court a man she met on Tinder raped her when she told him she didn’t want a one night stand. The accused, a Dublin man in his 30s, denies the charge which is alleged to have happened in the Dublin Mountains.
The woman told the jury she was a college student in Dublin in September 2014 when she matched with the accused on Tinder. They went on a date a few days after. The court heard he picked her up and they grabbed a take away coffee and ice cream at a fast food restaurant.
She told the jury she later became a bit alarmed when he drove them towards a country road with no lights but he said ‘don’t worry I’m not going to abandon you in the mountains.’
She said they got out of the car and he kissed her and they then drove further up the road where he kissed her again. She said it was more intense and she told him to take it easy and he replied ‘what do you think we are her for?’ He said she was teasing him.
She said she told the accused she didn’t want a one night stand and he told her ‘’to get the f*** out of the car.’’ She replied ‘are you serious?’ and when he said it again ‘yeah get the f*** out of my car’ she got out and he drove off.
The alleged victim tried to ring her friend but she had no phone signal. She said the accused came back and told her to get back in the car. She said she felt like she had no choice as she didn’t know where she was and he seemed calmer.
She said the accused drove further up the road and stopped the car where he raped her. She said she tried to stop him and was terrified.
She told the jury after the alleged rape he drove her home and was ranting about women being bitches. She said as soon as she saw lights she told him she could get a taxi but he replied that he wouldn’t be a gentleman if he didn’t drop her home.
He dropped her home and said ‘I presume you don’t want to meet up again’ and she replied that they had different personalities.
The court heard he later messaged her a smiley face. She deleted all their Whats App conversation and told a friend what happened.
She reported the alleged rape to gardai a few days later.
During cross examination the woman denied she had willingly taken off her clothes and had consensual sex with the accused.
She agreed she had gone back on Tinder the next morning after the alleged rape and the court heard she had messaged up to six men over the course of 36 hours.
She said she wanted to pretend the alleged rape never happened and wanted to act normally.