A man on trial for raping a college student he met on Tinder told gardai ‘I did no harm to that girl.’
The 35 year old from Dublin denies raping the woman at Kilmashogue Lane in the Dublin Mountains after they met on the dating app.
A few days after the alleged rape, the accused was arrested and interviewed by gardai. He told them he met the woman on Tinder after swiping right and she was keen to meet up.
He said they arranged a date and he was hopeful there would be sex because they had been sexting and the woman said she was 'horny'. On September 11th 2014 he said they grabbed take away coffees and ice cream and he drove up the Dublin Mountains to a viewing point.
He claims he had fully consensual sex with the woman and that he didn’t threaten her and she didn’t say no. He said afterwards she was hostile with him and accused him of tricking her into having sex and called him a ‘little sh**.’
He told the gardai that he couldn’t remember the alleged victim’s name and he met a different girl on Tinder every night. He said: ‘I did no harm to that girl. I guarantee there’s no mark on that girl.’
When it was put to him that he had punched the car at one stage – he replied: ‘Categorically not. I will take a lie detector test and maybe she should aswell.’ He also told gardai: ‘At no stage did I rape that girl. As much as you've tried to intimidate me. I will not change.’
In his closing speech, the Prosecuting barrister, Alex Owens, said something that struck him in the case is where this alleged rape happened. He asked the jurors to imagine themselves being brought up a narrow road in the dead of night. Mr Owens said forests are creepy places and not somewhere - someone wants to go. The jury was told it was a secluded area where the accused knew the woman could do nothing about it.
They were also told it was very easy to get into ‘blame mentality’ and question why the alleged victim got into a car with a man she didn’t know. But Mr Owens said the jury was to look at the facts and not judge human behaviour. He said there was some sexual banter between the accused and the alleged victim and they did kiss that night. But that did not mean the woman intended to have sex ‘come what may.’
Both the accused and the complainant are entitled to anonymity during the trial.