Londonderry man denies raping his boss at work function

A 25-year-old man has gone on trial in Londonderry Crown Court charged with raping his boss.

Gerard Doherty, from Linsfort Drive, is alleged to have raped the woman in a bedroom of a hotel in the city on December 2011.

He also denies a charge of sexually assaulting the 28-year-old.

The prosecutor said after his arrest the defendant agreed sexual activity had taken place.

Mr Doherty said it had been initiated by her and that she had consented.

A prosecution barrister told the jury that the defendant was working as the Derry manager of a company for which the alleged victim was the manager for Northern Ireland.

The complainant and a gay male work colleague agreed to share the same room when they travelled to Derry the day before the alleged offences for a work-related social function.

It is alleged that the defendant went into the woman's bedroom following a night of drinking and committed the alleged sex offences as she drifted in and out of sleep.

The trial continues.

Update: On February 21, 2013, Gerard Doherty was acquitted of the charge of rape and sexual assault.