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Rape accused teen claims girl 'instigated sex' at Carrickfergus duck pond

By Ashleigh McDonald

A teenager accused of raping a 15-year old girl at the duck pond in Carrickfergus told police the complainant instigated any sexual activity between them, a court heard today.

The accused, who was 15 at the time and who is now 17, appeared at Belfast Crown Court were he faces five separate charges.

The Belfast youth, who cannot be named because of his age, has been charged with three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault. He has denied all the charges, claiming not only did the girl instigate sex, but her actions left him "disgusted."

However, it is the Crown's case that she did not consent, she begged him to stop, and was also left bleeding due to the "rough and forceful" actions of the accused.

A jury of eight men and four women will preside over the trial, which is due to last around two weeks.

Opening the Crown case to the jury, prosecuting barrister Philip Mateer said the charges related to an incident which occurred at the duck pond in Carrick on the evening of Saturday January 23rd, 2016.

Telling the jury members that it was their duty to decide who was telling the truth, Mr Mateer said that while the complainant said she was raped, the accused claimed it was she who instigated sexual activity.

Mr Mateer said it was the Crown's case that she did not consent, and that "if someone is crying and saying stop", this would indicated a lack of consent.

The prosecutor said that during the incident "she told him to stop it ... and he started laughing", that "she was begging him to stop but he didn't listen" and that the acts themselves were so rough that she sustained several injuries.

Mr Mateer said it was the complainant's case that the attack only stopped when he heard his train coming and ran in the direction of the train station.

She also made the case that she had known him for around two months, they were not and never had been in a relationship and that on the evening in question he was very drunk.

The complainant was taken to Antrim Area Hospital, where she was examined. Medics concluded "forceful penetration" had taken place, and noted a number of injuries. She later told police she was "petrified", that she almost passed out with a panic attack during the incident, and that due to the forceful acts she was left with external and internal injuries.

When he was spoken to by police the next day, the accused admitted he had been very drunk the night before and that while he could remember how the night started, he couldn't recall exactly how it ended. He also admitted he was so drunk he "couldn't stand on his own two feet."

He then told police things had "started to come back" and that he remembered it was the complainant who had instigated any sexual activity that took place.

The court heard: "He (the accused) said he didn't want to do it but he did it as he didn't want to be talked about." He also told police that the complainant's actions "disgusted" him.

"He told police he just stood there and she was pushing herself against him, and that's how his penis went inside her."

At hearing.

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