Northern Ireland

Man denies raping woman three times in Londonderry

Londonderry Crown Court
Image caption Londonderry Crown Court

A 35-year old man has gone on trial accused of raping a woman in Londonderry almost three years ago.

Patrick McNamara, who is originally from Ennis in County Clare, faces a number of charges including three of rape, one of attempted rape and one of false imprisonment.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in his Ardanlee Crescent home in 2008.

He denies the charges.

A prosecution barrister told Londonderry Crown Court that the alleged victim agreed to share a taxi with the defendant after a night out with her sister.

The jury was told she went to his home where he locked the front door with a chain and pushed her out of an upstairs bedroom window before threatening to drop her.

He then carried out a series of sexual assaults before putting a pillow to her face and making a comment about smothering her.

He forced her over to the bedroom window before raping her again.

The court was told she managed to escape but the defendant caught up with her. He hit her head off a wall before neighbours called the police.

The prosecution barrister said samples on a condom found in the house matched the DNA of both the defendant and complainant.

The defendant told police the sex was consensual.

The trial continues.