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Man accused of double rape in Belfast says teen girls consented to 'sex party'

Double rape accused Orhan Kibar
Double rape accused Orhan Kibar

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man on trial for raping two women in his Belfast flat claimed that the pair were looking for a "sex party".

Orhan Kibar - a Turkish national who has been living in Northern Ireland since 2005 - denies three counts of rape and one count of false imprisonment.

He claimed that not only was any sexual activity consensual, but also instigated by them.

The Belfast Crown Court jury has already heard evidence from both women, aged 18 and 19 at the time, who claim they went back to his flat, where they were both raped in separate incidents.

It's the Crown's case that, as the friends left Queen's Students Union at around 1.30am on November 24, 2017, they were approached by "complete stranger" Kibar, who invited them to a party.

After walking a short distance with Kibar to his Russell Court apartment on Claremont Street, the 18-year-old was offered a drink and a smoke, while the 19-year-old fell asleep.

The younger girl said she was attacked and raped in the bathroom, where she bit Kibar's hand and managed to flee, while her friend said she woke in the flat with Kibar naked on top of her, raping her.

The 19-year-old also claimed she was raped again in the bathroom and sustained a broken little finger during the incident.

Kibar was called to the witness box and, after swearing on the Koran via a translator, he denied raping the women.

Kibar (43) was asked by his barrister Ken McMahon what he was doing on the street at the time. He replied: "I was bored at home. I just wanted to go out and have some fresh air."

Asked how he met the two women, Kibar said: "I was listening to music and smoking outside the bar, then somebody tapped my shoulder."

Kibar said one of the women asked for a cigarette and he gave her one. "Then she asked me if we can have a sex party in my house. She asked me if I had cocaine, drugs or alcohol or money," he said.

Kibar was asked what happened at his flat. He said that while one of the women fell asleep, the other "started dancing ... she was showing off her female bits ... she was showing the upper part of her body."

Kibar said after asking for cannabis, which he did not have, the woman went to the bathroom. "When she was going to the bathroom, she was making a waving gesture to me, and she also winked one eye at me," Kibar said.

He said he finished his cigarette and followed her. "The bathroom door was half ajar, so I walked into the bathroom."

Kibar said the woman "started hugging and kissing me", then claimed she instigated sex.

Asked about a bite to his left hand, which the woman said she inflicted in a bid to escape as she tried to avoid being raped, Kibar said: "I thought maybe this was kind of a rough sex thing."

Denying he forced the woman to have sex, or using aggression, Kibar said: "Everything that happened was along her wishes."

He also claimed "she was smiling, she was looking in my eyes, she was kissing me and I responded to that".

Kibar claimed that, after consensual intercourse in the bathroom, they had an argument in the living room and she left after asking for money and cannabis.

Kibar said after around 15 minutes, he went into his bedroom and that the other woman was in his bed, awake and in her underwear. Asked what happened then, Kibar said: "When I went near her, she started hugging me and kissing me. I was a bit hesitant but when I saw her desire ... she wanted it, I responded."

Kibar said that after she instigated sexual activity, they had intercourse then she left.

He denied that the woman asked him to stop, that she was crying, that there was a struggle, or that he hurt her finger. Asked if he followed her to the bathroom where he raped her a second time, Kibar said this was not true. He also denied stopping her from leaving the bathroom.

Asked if he believed either of the woman had not consented to sex, the accused replied: "I believed they were consenting.

"It was consensual sex because they wanted to come to my flat and have a sex party."

The trial continues.

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