Jury told Limerick woman sent 'sexually charged' texts to defendant

Man denies assaulting mother-of-two at home

David Hurley


David Hurley

Jury told Limerick woman sent 'sexually charged' texts to defendant

The trial is being heard at Limerick Circuit Court

A WOMAN who claims she was sexually assaulted by her “on-off” partner admitted naming another man as the father of their  daughter on her birth certificate, during an intense court hearing this Wednesday.

The 35-year-old defendant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to two charges relating to incidents at the woman’s home on the northside of the city in January 2013.

The jury has been told the woman was previously in a relationship with a well-known publican and that they have a son together.

In her evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, the 36-year-old said that after she and the defendant had consensual sex he tried to force her to engage in anal sex.

“He was forceful, he was angry, he was violent, he tried to force anal sex on me,” she said.

The jury has been told the man called to the woman’s home again the following night when it’s alleged he “dropped his pants” within seconds and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.

The woman told the jury she sustained injuries to her neck and coccyx as a result of the defendant’s actions. A medical report from a doctor, which was read to the jury, stated several bruises were evident when she was examined days later.

Being cross-examined by Lorcan Connolly BL, the woman agreed she sent numerous “sexually charged texts” to his client in the days before the alleged assaults. In one text she said she was the man’s “naughty slave” while in another she said: “You can tie me to a tree and slap my ass all you like.”

Other messages, read to the court, outlined various sexual acts in graphic detail.

The jury was told she sent several text messages to the defendant between the two alleged incidents and that one message read: “I can’t wait until you get your hot ass back to me.”

Mr Connolly put it to the woman her relationship with the defendant was “volatile” and that it was “stormy and adventurous from a sexual point of view”.

While the woman agreed that she had ‘sexted’ the defendant, she insisted the messages were sent in the context of their relationship.

“I was in love with somebody who was wrong for me,” she told the jury.

She insisted she was “not into” violence or being hurt and she denied that any sexual activity between the pair was consensual.

“It was an exuberant sexual relationship ye had,” said Mr Connolly, who accused the woman of “making an allegation that is not true”.

The woman denied this, saying she suffered panic attacks and attended counseling as a result of what happened.

She insisted it was the defendant who had asked her to ‘sext’ him and that she had done so to keep him happy.

She said giving evidence in court was “the last place on the planet I want to be” and that the experience of giving evidence over the course of two days had been “horrible”.

After the woman agreed that she had falsely named her previous partner as the father of her second child, Mr Connolly suggested this showed that she was “capable of not telling the truth to the authorities”.

The trial, being heard before Judge Tom O’Donnell, is expected to conclude before the weekend.