Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Ex-partner raped woman after break-up, court told

A woman was woken and raped by her ex-partner two days after their relationship ended, it has been claimed in the High Court.

The alleged victim was attacked in her Co Down home after discovering the suspect on top of her, according to the prosecution.

It was claimed he also shouted abuse, telling her to shut up and saying: “You know you want it.”

The 49-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the woman's identity, is charged with rape, sexual assault, criminal damage and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Crown counsel Nicola Auret said the alleged attack took place last month in Newtownards.

She told a bail application how the woman and the accused had been living together but decided to separate following a series of arguments.

According to the prosecution the alleged victim returned home on July 13 and went to bed after spending part of the day drinking in two pubs.

“She alleges she was later wakened by the applicant straddling her, wearing only his boxer shorts,” Ms Auret said.

It was claimed that he then carried out the sexual assault and made demeaning remarks.

A defence barrister said his client accepted having sex with the woman, but that it had been fully consensual.

The lawyer claimed the accused believed they had reconciled following a minor row, and that he even waited at the scene until police arrived.

“He would say she has an alcohol problem. He cannot understand this and can provide no explanation for the fact this allegation has been made against him,” the barrister said.

Bail was granted by Mr Justice Weatherup, who ordered the suspect to stay at a location outside Newtownards and to have no contact with his ex-partner.

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