Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Rape case schoolgirl 'instigated encounter'

A TEENAGER willingly got into the car of a man she accuses of raping her because she wanted to make her boyfriend jealous, it was alleged in court today.

A TEENAGER willingly got into the car of a man she accuses of raping her because she wanted to make her boyfriend jealous, it was alleged in court today.

Keith Gaffey, (31), of Hugenot Drive, Lisburn, denies kidnapping, raping and indecently assaulting the schoolgirl as well as forcing her to take an ecstasy tablet during a two hour encounter in Sandy Lane in May of last year.

During cross-examination at Belfast Crown Court today, defence counsel, Elish McDermott QC, suggested that the alleged victim had instigated the sexual encounter.

She told the court that the girl had had a "vicious row" with her boyfriend on the evening of May 18, 2002 following a night out.

She said: "There was slapping, scratching, hitting with a hairbrush and this caused you to storm off.

"I suggest when you were walking up the road you decided to get your own back."

Ms McDermott told the court that during the alleged assault the teenager's boyfriend had been called three times on his mobile phone and had heard a man's voice but no calls for help.

She said: "I suggest that when you phoned, it was in order to wind him up.

"I suggest you got into that car of your own free will and anything that happened was with your full consent."

The alleged victim denied that she had agreed to "go for a spin with" with Gaffey.

Ms McDermott suggested the teenager had instigated a sexual encounter.

At hearing.

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