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Rape accused husband claims wife was injured during consensual bondage sex

By Alan Erwin

Published 07/07/2016

A man charged with raping and inflicting a serious injury on his wife claims the couple enjoyed bondage sex sessions, the High Court heard yesterday.

The 33-year-old is accused of carrying out an attack in Belfast that left the woman with a broken eye socket.

But a judge was told he denies the offences and maintains all sexual activities were consensual.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his wife's identity, is accused of rape, sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He is said to have carried out the offences at her home in the city on November 23 last year.

Police were alerted after she ran into the street, stopped a member of the public and claimed she had been assaulted by her husband, the court heard.

Prosecution counsel Kate McKay described the woman's injuries as "very concerning". "The medical evidence was consistent with her account - and also she had a broken eye socket," the lawyer said.

The court heard the accused made claims about what were "normal" sexual activities within the couple's relationship.

"(He said) bondage would be used... that would be part of their sexual practice," Mrs McKay added. "He said it was consensual."

The details emerged during an appeal against a District Judge's decision to grant bail to the accused. The prosecution argued that he could flee if released from custody.

But defence barrister Declan Quinn argued that his client had surrendered his passport and had spent more than seven months behind bars.

Mr Quinn also claimed the alleged victim said she did not believe a crime was committed.

With the accused's wife having failed to turn up to give evidence at a previous hearing, the barrister also questioned how the case would proceed.

"She only complained to the man in the street of an assault, not of a sexual nature," Mr Quinn told the court. "He (the accused) has given an explanation for the injuries."

But granting the prosecution appeal, Madam Justice McBride ordered the defendant to remain in custody.

However, she said he could be bailed if there were any further delays to the case.

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