Retired garda goes on trial accused of raping his wife

The alleged incident is said to have occurred on a date in July at their home in Leinster.
Retired garda goes on trial accused of raping his wife

Declan Brennan

A retired garda has gone on trial accused of raping his wife.

The 60-year-old man is alleged to have raped his wife in her bedroom at their family home in Leinster on a date in July 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to the sole count.

A jury of eight men and four women was empanelled for the trial on Monday, but the trial only began on Wednesday after a delay caused by legal matters. The trial before Justice Karen O'Connor is scheduled to run for around five days.

Opening the case for the prosecution on Wednesday afternoon, Patrick Gageby SC told the jury the defendant was a garda who retired from the force some years ago.

He had married the complainant in 2007 and the couple have two children and lived together.

Volatile marriage

Mr Gageby said the jury would likely hear evidence of a volatile marriage with “ups and downs”. He told jurors that they “are not being asked to decide would you have granted a divorce on this or that ground” and that the sole focus for them was whether the prosecution had established that an act of rape had occurred.

He said that by the summer of 2018, the couple were sleeping in separate bedrooms in the family home and were “not having the sexual intimacy that might otherwise be expected or common from a couple”.

He said at this stage the complainant's solicitor was sending letters to the defendant suggesting they divorce and asking him to engage in legal proceedings.

Mr Gageby said the expected evidence will be that on the date of the alleged offence, the complainant was in her bedroom and the defendant came in and “announced he wanted to have sex”.

Counsel said the woman will testify that she said no, but the defendant then lay on top of her and had sex with her at a time when she was clearly saying she was not consenting to sexual activity.

He said the complainant will testify that a week later she confronted her husband and “he said a rather interesting thing”. Mr Gageby told the jury the man allegedly said “something is coming and you won't know what's coming”.

Some weeks later, the woman received a court summons indicating her husband had taken a safety and barring order against her, alleging he was in great fear of her and seeking the court's protection.

“Things did not improve after that and she attended at a Garda station and made statements,” Mr Gageby said. He said the defendant was then arrested and interviewed.

The trial continues.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can call the national 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline at 1800 77 8888, access text service and webchat options at, or visit Rape Crisis Help. In the case of an emergency, always dial 999/112.

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