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Friday 15 December 2017

My mum agreed to sex -- rape accused

A man accused of raping his 65-year-old mother told gardai that "one thing led to another" after they danced and kissed and that she consented to sex.

The 45-year-old Dublin man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at her home between March 2 and 3, 2008.

Gerard Clarke, prosecuting, read the jury memos of five interviews the gardai conducted with the accused.



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The man said he had gone to a social event his mother was attending that Mother's Day and given her a card, bought her a drink and had one himself.

He said, after having a drink with a family member, he called around to his mother's house. He told gardai they had a drink and were dancing.

He said she began kissing him with her mouth open and he was rubbing her sides and rubbing her breasts.

He said he did not know how they ended up on the floor. He said they were kissing and he was caressing her body. He said there were words being spoken but he was not sure what.

He said he "got inside her" and was not sure how long it went on for.

He said he only remembered his mother saying "leave me alone" after the sex when he was trying to get her up.

He said he could not get her off the floor and denied leaving in a panic.

"I don't believe for a second I raped my mother," he said.

He agreed he was denying rape and admitting sexual intercourse. He said he knew it was wrong.

Detective Garda Stephen Hayes agreed with the defence counsel, Giollaiosa O Lideadha, that the accused answered all questions and he made it clear at all times that he believed his mother was consenting.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of four men and eight women.

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