A friend of a teenage girl who was allegedly raped ‘one by one’ by four men told a trial she didn’t believe her friend was ‘in bad shape’ when they split , because otherwise she would not have left her alone.
The four men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, all pleaded not guilty in Central Criminal Court to raping the then 17-year-old girl at a location in the Midlands on December 27, 2016.
The first defendant, 22, also pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of forcible confinement. The second defendant, 24, also pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault, one count of oral rape and one count of forcible confinement.
The third defendant, 24, also pleaded not guilty to an additional count of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of forcible confinement. The fourth defendant, 23, also pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault.
All the offenses are said to have been committed at various locations in the Midlands on the same date against the same woman when the accused were between the ages of 17 and 19. The trial is expected to last six weeks and is taking place in Croke Park.
According to the prosecution, the complainant got into a car with the men in the early hours of the morning and was driven to a place where the four defendants and a fifth man not in court raped her “one after another. other”.
Testifying on Wednesday, a friend of the plaintiff told prosecutor Lorcan Staines SC that she met the plaintiff and two other women on St. Stephen’s Day 2016 and went out together in a nearby town.
The woman said they all went to a bar around 10 p.m. and at one point she and the complainant were together in a bathroom stall. She said the complainant’s phone was on the tank and when she went to flush the toilet, her phone fell into the toilet.
She said that after the bar they went to a nightclub around midnight, but she would have left around 2 a.m. when her father came to pick her up in town. She said she wasn’t worried that one of the girls was drunk when she left.
Colman Cody SC, defending the third defendant, asked the woman if she noticed any problem with the plaintiff’s phone after it fell in the toilet and if she saw the plaintiff use it afterwards. The woman replied that she did not remember.
Another friend of the complainant told Mr. Staines that she was also present at night and stayed in the nightclub until it closed. She said she believed the three remaining friends had dispersed in the nightclub, but they all ended up in a fast food restaurant afterwards.
The woman said that she and the complainant decided to go get food together. She said they wanted to go different places and parted ways, agreeing to meet outside a taxi company.
She said that after collecting her food and waiting outside the taxi company, she received a phone call from a number she did not recognize. She said it was the complainant who said she was at a take-out restaurant and would meet her at the taxi company.
She kept calling the number, and it kept ringing until someone answered and told her the complainant was no longer with them, the witness said. She said she then took a taxi with her other friend and another girl.
She said she tried to ring the Complainant’s phone, but it didn’t even ring. She said she received a text from another number saying it was the complainant and that she had taken a shared taxi and was going home.
The woman said she fell asleep because she believed the complainant was in good hands. She said the following morning she was not contacted by the complainant, but said she received a missed call around 5 a.m. from a number she did not recognize.
She said she did not believe the complainant was in a “bad state” in terms of being drunk when they parted, because if the complainant had been, she would not have left her alone.
The trial continues Thursday before Judge Tara Burns and a jury of five women and seven men.