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Escort allegedly tied up, raped and had a plastic bag pulled over her head in bid to kill her, High Court hears

By Alan Erwin

An escort was allegedly tied up, raped and had a plastic bag pulled over her head in a bid to kill her, the High Court heard on Wednesday.

The woman claims she had to fight for her life as a client tried to strangle her at his home in Co Down, prosecutors said.

Gary Doak denies a charge of attempted murder and insists they were engaged in a consensual bondage sex session.

Details emerged as the 47-year-old, from Dickson Park in Seapatrick, was refused bail.

Doak is also accused of false imprisonment, two counts of rape, sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and paying for sexual services.

The court was told the woman came to his bungalow on March 9 after a £200 booking was made through an escort website.

Doak allegedly turned aggressive after she arrived, fastening cable ties to her neck, wrists and ankles during a struggle in the living room.

She was taken fully bound to a bedroom where a sock was tied round her mouth following a failed attempt to stretch it over her head, according to the prosecution.

Doak left at that stage, it was claimed, returning with some tea and speaking calmly before twice subjected her to unwanted sex acts.

The alleged victim told police he then produced a plastic bag, placed it on her head and started strangling her.

A Crown lawyer said: "The injured party described that she felt she was fighting for her life and she thought she was going to die.

"She was wondering what he was going to do with her body after he killed her."

But according to the escort's account the bag ripped during the struggle, enabling her to scream out, flee to the kitchen and seize some knives.

It was contended that a fight ensued, with each inflicting bite wounds on the other.

After they had wrestled to the floor the defendant allegedly told her that he had got "flashbacks of the war" and just panicked, the court heard.

Doak was arrested later when the woman left the house and reported her injuries.

Bondage-style DVDs were said to have been discovered at his home, while his internet browsing history showed searches of hardcore porn sites.

"He admitted to police using escorts regularly when he could afford them," the prosecutor added.

Doak insisted, however, that the complainant had agreed to the bondage-style sexual activities between them.

Defence counsel Justin Byrne argued: "He said that the injured party brought the cable ties, and denies using a plastic bag.

"While most ordinary observers would be shocked, this was two people in a private act, paid for but consensual."

Doak claims the escort attacked him with a knife when her mood changed during the meeting, possibly due to taking drugs.

His barrister contended that marks on him are consistent with defensive wounds.

Referring to porn found on the accused's computer, Mr Byrne added: "There may be issues of bondage and rough sex, but that's a personal matter for Mr Doak. It's not illegal."

Denying bail, however, Mr Justice Colton ruled: "I have a concern that this is someone who could re-offend, with very serious consequences, against a female."

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