A 45-year-old Cork man on trial for rape accused his niece of telling lies and told investigating gardaí: “I didn’t do anything to that girl”.
Ms Justice Carmel Stewart and a jury of seven men and five women at a sitting of the Central Criminal Court in Cork viewed a recorded interview with the accused today.
The defendant has pleaded not guilty to one count of raping and two counts of sexually assaulting his niece when she was aged between seven and 12 years old.
Detective Garda Padraig Reddington asked the accused questions in the videoed interview.
“She described going into the bedroom, she is nine or 10 at this stage, and you asked her to bend over the bed?” the accused was asked. He replied: “No comment.”
“You took down her pants and underwear,” it was suggested. The accused responded: “No, I did not, no, I did not, and no comment.”
“You pushed your penis into her vagina,” the detective said.
The defendant replied: “No, I did not. Put what I said there on the form as well.
“No, I did not. I did not do anything to that girl. That is all lies.”
In relation to the allegation that she woke up to find her uncle with his hand inside her underwear, he said: “No, it is not true, no, I did not.”
It was then put to the accused: “Could it be that you went for a few pints below in the pub, you were not thinking as straight as you are now, and that you decided it was something you could do?”
He replied: “No, no, no, no.”
Finally, the third complaint, that she was in the kitchen and “you put your hand down inside her underwear”, was put to him.
He replied: “No, I did not.”
“Would you agree you would not have had as many sexual encounters as other people?” Det Gda Reddington asked.
The defendant replied: “I don’t care, I didn’t do anything to that girl. No, no, no.”
The 45-year-old denied all counts — one of rape and two of sexual assault — that relate to dates between 2001 and 2006 when the complainant was aged from seven to 12 years.
The complainant testified earlier in the trial: “He raped me.”
“He told me to bend over the bed,” she said.
“That is when he pulled down the back of my pants and put his penis into me. I didn’t know what was going on.
“I knew it was wrong. He told me to shush. That is when I ran out of the room.”
The case continues.