A man who raped his wife in the spare room of their Dublin home after she told him she wanted a separation is appealing his conviction.
The man, who can’t be named to protect her identity, was also found guilty of threatening to kill her the day after he raped her in May 2014.
The man was found guilty in June of last year and was jailed for ten years.
As part of his appeal, his barrister Ronan Munro claims the judge should have warned potential jurors on jury selection day that the accused was a Muslim foreign national – he believes there was a potential for unseen prejudice by not doing so.
He also claims there should have been a separate trial to deal with a series of alleged threats leading up to the rape. He claims they had nothing to do with the rape issue and just portrayed his client as someone who was terrible to women and must have done it.
Mr. Munro also said action should be taken in relation to the prosecution’s probing of the accused about an alleged comment made to some Gardaí before they gave evidence.
He put it to the three-judge panel that all those grounds combined to ruin his right to a fair trial.