Farmer Denies Girl's Rape Trial

A Dubin court has been told that an Offaly farmer - charged with raping a teenage girl - denied the allegation.

When interviewed by Gardaí, the unnamed accused said: "Straight up, I did not rape that girl," he said.

The 56-year-old man who is also pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting the girl - who was then aged 16 - said: "I did not have sexual intercourse with her in the field."

Garda arrested the defendant at his home on April 9, 2004, the day after the alleged incident, and asked him whether or not the clothes he was wearing were the same as those he wore the previous day.

He said they were and gave them to Gardaí for examination and when interviewed, said that he thought: "Who I was, what I am and the consequences of what might happen" when the schoolgirl was with him in his jeep

The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court before Mr Justice Peter Charleton and a jury of four women and eight men.


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