Nephew denies rape of 71-year-old aunt

A 73-year old woman has denied that she had consensual sex with her nephew and insisted that he raped her at knifepoint in her Louth home over a three hour period.

A 73-year old woman has denied that she had consensual sex with her nephew and insisted that he raped her at knifepoint in her Louth home over a three hour period.

The woman said in the immediate aftermath she showered for two hours because she felt “filthy dirty”. She said she had to stay with her niece for five weeks afterwards.

Her nephew later told gardaí that the sex between them had been “a moral weakness” and described her allegations of rape as “Freddy Krueger stuff”. He said he was being threatened and wanted protection from the government.

The accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the then 71-year-old woman, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two counts of rape, one of anal rape, sexual assault and sexual assault while armed with a knife on March 13, 2011.

The woman told Michael Delaney SC, prosecuting, that she had been living alone in the house at the time, her husband having died a number of years previously.

She said the first time she met her nephew was the Saturday before he raped her. She then pointed to the accused in the dock and confirmed that was the man she was talking about.

She said he called to her home at 7.05am and she was making him a mug of tea when “he had his hand around me mouth and a knife to me throat”.

She said the man then pushed her and she fell to the ground. She said he then raped her.

“I didn’t have the strength to push him off me,” she said.

She said the man then got her by the hair, threw her onto her bed and pushed her down onto her pillows.

She said she was afraid she would smother because she could only breathe through one nostril before the man tried to get her to perform oral sex on him.

The woman told the jury she told her nephew “kill me now” because she wouldn’t do that. He replied that all the local girls were doing it.

She said the accused asked her about her late husband and how long he had been dead.

She said her nephew left the house at 10.45am that morning and she knew it was that time because she had checked it on her clock, a clock which she said had a photograph of her and her husband on it.

When asked by Mr Delaney if she had consented to the man doing these things to her, the woman replied “No never, never.”

Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, then read out his client’s garda statement to the woman in which the man stated that he was being threatened and wanted protection from the government.

He admitted that he had sex with the woman that day but claimed it had been consensual. The accused described the woman’s allegations to gardaí as “Freddy Krueger stuff” and said the woman would be put out of “the family network” if she admitted they had consensual sex.

When asked by Mr Dwyer if she understood what his client is suggesting, the woman replied “I understand you but it is all lies”.The trial continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and jury of six men and six women.