Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Boyfriend's 'panic' over missing girl

The former boyfriend of a young woman who claims she was abducted and raped by a Lisburn man today described his "state of panic" during the two hours she was missing.

THE former boyfriend of a young woman who claims she was abducted and raped by a Lisburn man today described his "state of panic" during the two hours she was missing.

Keith Gaffey (31) from Huguenot Drive in the city, is accused of kidnapping, raping and indecently assaulting the 20-year-old student in the early hours of May 19, 2002.

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court earlier today, the alleged victim's then boyfriend said that prior to her disappearance, they had been out with friends to celebrate his 18th birthday in Banbridge.

They returned to Lisburn, where they had a row which resulted in the woman slapping him and hitting him across the face with a hairbrush.

The witness told the court his girlfriend then walked out of his house "in a huff".

The witness revealed he followed his girlfriend as she walked home but then turned into a laneway to meet his friends. He also said he now felt guilty for not walking her home.

The alleged victim claims she was approached by Gaffey as he sat on a wall close to where she and her boyfriend parted company.

The student, who was 18 at the time of the alleged attack, claims Gaffey bundled her into his car and drove her to Sandy Lane where he forced her to take an Ecstasy tablet, raped her twice and indecently assaulted her several times.

Gaffey, however, claims he met the woman on his way to get a takeaway.

The accused claims he and the woman had a conversation before she voluntary got into his car.

Gaffey denies two counts of rape, six counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug with intent to stupefy.

At hearing.

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