A woman accusing a Roscommon resident with whom she had a relationship of raping her has said that the sex they had was “rough” but denied it was consensual.

The 32-year-old accused has pleaded not (NOT) guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at the home they shared on September 28, 2007.

Mr Ken Fogarty SC, defending, put it to the woman that she had consented to the sex which took place.

The court heard that the woman had been in a relationship with the man since 2001 and had worked with him in the same place but they had split up with each other a week before the alleged incident.

She told Ms Mary Rose Gearty SC, prosecuting, that she moved out of their house with her son and went to live with a friend.

The woman said she went to the place where they both worked to get her wages and some money she said she was owed for rent she had paid in the house they shared because she had moved out.

She said she then went back to the house to get some of her personal belongings and the man followed her.

The woman said the man brought her downstairs, ripped her clothes off and then forced her to have sex with him.

Under cross-examination by Mr Fogarty, she agreed their relationship was “very violent” and “passionate”.

But under re-examination by Ms Gearty she said she had not consented to this “rough sex”.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury.



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