Northern Ireland

Rape accused denies he went to victim's house for sex

A man accused of raping a woman has denied he went to his alleged victim's house for sex.

Brian Davey told Belfast Crown Court he went to the woman's house "for a drink and if something happened, it happened".

The 22-year-old, from Lineybrook Cottages, Bangor, was giving evidence on his own behalf.

He denies two charges of rape, and other sexual offences.

The court had previously heard how the pair first met in a city centre bar a few weeks before the alleged attack and had been exchanging texts and online messages.

The prosecution argue that on the night of the incident on 30 May last year, the woman and Mr Davey went to bed but despite her telling him she was not going to have sex with him, she awoke to find him allegedly performing a sex act on her.

They claim when she protested, he held her down and raped her.

On Thursday, Mr Davey told a defence lawyer that it was his alleged victim who asked him "do you want to go to bed?" and that inside the bedroom, "nothing happened that she wasn't aware of".

The lawyer asked him if at any time during their sexual contact the woman asked him to stop or shouted or screamed as she had claimed in her evidence but Mr Davey told the court: "That didn't happen."

Mr Davey also faces one charge of theft.

The court heard that Mr Davey had "no idea" how a watch belonging to the woman had been found in his pocket when he was arrested by police after the alleged assault.

The court also heard Mr Davey was sure his alleged victim was consenting, further claiming that she had been the "instigator" of the sexual activity.

When a prosecution lawyer suggested he had gone to the victim's house for sex, Mr Davey replied, "no".

The trial continues.