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Friday 19 October 2018

Homeless teen allegedly sexually assaulted by man who took him in

Mayvine Gurriah is accused of sexual assault on 18-year-old
Mayvine Gurriah is accused of sexual assault on 18-year-old

A man took in a homeless teenager, let him stay in his apartment then sexually assaulted him as he slept on the couch, a court has heard.

Mayvine Gurriah (39) had met the 18-year-old on a city street and offered him a meal and a place to sleep for the night, before later allegedly putting his hand down his trousers and groping him, Dublin District Court was told.

When gardai arrived, Mr Gurriah had left his locked flat and the alleged victim was on a second-floor balcony, shouting for help and threatening to jump.

The 18-year-old, who had been thrown out of his family home, alleged Mr Gurriah asked him to sniff something from a "small black bottle".

Gardai later found a medicine container with a muscle relaxant drug.

The accused has denied sexually assaulting the teenager, saying he was trying help him, was not looking for sex and may have brushed against him accidentally.

He alleged that the youth tried to rob him and threatened to kill him if he did not give him all his casino winnings. Mr Gurriah maintained he himself had fled in fear, looking for help.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case.

Mr Gurriah pleaded not guilty to sexual assault at his home at Seven Oaks, Sarsfield Road, Inchicore, last May 26.

The accused had met the alleged victim the previous day, the court heard.

The next night, Mr Gurriah offered him a place to stay. They went to a casino and later got food before taking a taxi back to Mr Gurriah's home.

Shock

The youth said he thought the accused would have two beds but had only one, and he told him he would not get in bed beside him.

He claimed Mr Gurriah said it would "make me very happy if you got in beside me".

Mr Gurriah also told him that "just because I am giving you a place to stay for the night doesn't mean I want to have sex with you", the court heard.

The youth put a pillow on the floor but fell asleep fully clothed on the couch. He woke to find Mr Gurriah sitting beside him.

The accused "had one hand down my trousers and the other on my chest", the youth alleged.

The hand was inside his trousers and underwear and Mr Gurriah touched him for about 15 seconds, he alleged.

"I was in a state of fear, a state of shock, I didn't know what was going on," he said.

He said Mr Gurriah ran out of the front door and he went to the balcony.

He denied asking for money, threatening the accused or "over-reacting to something innocuous" and losing his temper.

Mr Gurriah denied asking the youth to sniff from a bottle, or saying it would make him happy if the youth got into the bed.

Mr Gurriah, a Mauritian national, alleged the teen went "crazy", demanding money. He was afraid he would be killed and ran, leaving his phone and €300, he said.

A caretaker said Mr Gurriah approached him outside and asked to use his phone. The caretaker called gardai when he saw the youth on the balcony shouting: "I'm going to jump."

The youth was pointing at the accused, saying: "He's a paedophile."

The prosecution's case continues next month.

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