Donegal student told court she was “blind drunk” when allegedly raped

first_imgWARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: A Donegal student has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that she was “blind drunk” when two men allegedly raped her.The alleged rape victim was a student at a college when she was allegedly raped by the two defendants in February 2015. In a trial that began last week, the men, who have a legal entitlement to anonymity, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the woman in a town in the county.The defendants are now aged 29 and 33 and are residents of Donegal. The complainant is now aged in her 20s.In her direct evidence, she told Seamus Clarke SC, prosecuting, that she and a female friend had spent the night at a “student night” in a local pub and nightclub.She said she had drunk a number of vodka drinks, a cocktail and cider. She said they were given free “Jolly rancher” shots and used a drinks voucher won in a “pub quiz” to buy eight vodka and red bulls, some of which she remembers drinking.The woman said when she and her friend left the nightclub she was “very intoxicated”.She said she and her friend were walking home when they came across two men sitting in a parked car. The woman said her friend spoke to the men and then told her, “We’re gonna get a lift home”.The complainant said they drove for about ten minutes before entering an apartment she didn’t know. “I remember being quite drunk and staggering up the stairs, I couldn’t walk properly,” she told the jury.She said she and her friend were hungry and didn’t want to drink any more and wanted to get food. The men gave them a drink which she believed was vodka.“I was very intoxicated. I was ready to pass out and fall over,” she told the jury. She said on a scale of one to ten of drunkenness, she was ten.Video footage, taken on a mobile phone by the complainant’s friend, shows the women in an apartment with two men. Later footage shows the woman falling on the bathroom floor, exposing her underwear, before two men hold her up.The complainant identified herself on the footage and told the court it showed both men carrying her to the bedroom. She said she remembers lying on a bed and someone heavy on her and then something inside her vagina.“I was half way between sleep and drunkenness. I felt like I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know if it was a dream or it was actually happening. I was just so drunk.“In terms of consenting, I in no way did consent to having sex with these men or to them touching me or coming near me in any intimate way.”Cross-examined over a statement to gardaí by her friend that the complainant was “definitely awake at least for the first half of the time” that she was “with a man”, the witness said: “I may have been awake but I was also blind drunk”.Asked about evidence that she was heard moaning and saying the word “harder”, she said she may have been dreaming and had a history of talking and moaning in her sleep.She told the jury that she and her friend woke up in the apartment the next morning and began watching the mobile phone videos. She said that one of the men told her to delete the footage and was blocking the door out of the apartment.She said she lied and told the man she had deleted the footage and he then offered to drive them back to their flat in the town.The defence position is that any sexual activity that took place was consensual.The complainant told Colman Fitzgerald SC, defending, that she thought she did kiss somebody in the smoking area of the nightclub earlier that night. She said she told gardaí about it and she didn’t know his name.She said she generally wouldn’t kiss someone she didn’t know.“I would have a conversation with them first. I’m not the type of person who would kiss someone without speaking to them first,” she said.She agreed that if she hadn’t been drinking she would not have kissed him and that “drink has the effect that you do something you wouldn’t do when you were sober”Asked if there was anything else she knew she would do when drunk that she might not do when sober, she said no. After a pause she added, “I probably wouldn’t order eight vodka and red bulls if I was sober.”She said she didn’t remember being asked for consent and would not have given it.“I did not say yes, get on top of me and have sex with me. I did not say anything close to that,” she said. The trial continues before Mr Justice Alex Owens and a jury.Donegal student told court she was “blind drunk” when allegedly raped was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgOh dear, Rangers fans. Today is definitely not the time to tease you with another tricky QPR quiz, so here’s a gentle one for you to stroll through on this difficult Monday.[wp-simple-survey-16]Click here for Friday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Taking property without just compensation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramA property owner may bring a claim in federal court under the Fifth Amendment when the government has violated the Takings Clause by taking property without just compensation. This case involved a township ordinance requiring all cemeteries to be held open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours. A property owner with a small family graveyard was notified that she was violating the ordinance. The property owner filed suit in state court arguing that the ordinance constituted a taking of her property, but did not seek compensation. The township responded by saying it would withdraw the notice of violation and not enforce the ordinance against her. The state court said that the matter was therefore resolved, but the property owner was not satisfied with that decision. She decided to bring a takings claim in federal court.Before this decision, there was a roadblock to bringing such claim. Lower courts had read a previous Supreme Court decision to say that if a state or local government commits a taking, the property owner would first have to seek a remedy through the state’s adverse condemnation procedure before going to federal court. But in doing so, the property owner would actually not have a chance to bring the claim in federal court because the federal court would have to give full faith and credit to the state court decision. At first, that seemed like what would happen to the property owner because the state court had decided that the issue was moot since the township had agreed not to enforce the ordinance against her. But the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the property owner by taking the rare action of overruling its prior precedent. Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, was not an Ohio court case, but rather one that made its way all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.The final opinion handed down by the justices is certainly important, but it is also notable for Ohio because the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) submitted an amicus brief in support of the property owner through its legal counsel, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, LLP of Columbus. The brief cited examples in Ohio showing that the Supreme Court’s prior precedent was causing problems for Ohio property owners by limiting their access to federal courts in Fifth Amendment takings claims. OFBF has noted that this was the first time it had submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.last_img read more

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Gennady Golovkin returns to ring June 8 vs Steve Rolls

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Although Golovkin will start as a clear favorite, Rolls is adamant he has the tools to cause the former world champion problems.“I’ve won national championships and represented my country, and Golovkin is just a man,” the 35-year-old said. “I’m coming to win this fight and put my name among the best middleweights in the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on September 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Canelo Alvarez in a rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPFormer middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin will fight undefeated Canadian Steve Rolls in June as he returns to the ring following his defeat to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last year.Golovkin, 37 will take on Rolls on June 8 at Madison Square Garden, New York, as he launches a comeback that could culminate with a third fight against Alvarez later this year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The hard-hitting Kazakhstan veteran lost his WBC, IBO and WBA titles last year when he was defeated by Alvarez via majority decision at their Las Vegas rematch, one year after a controversial draw.Since that defeat, Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) has signed a new six-fight deal with DAZN, the sports streaming platform.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I am very excited to be returning to the ring and bringing the Big Drama Show back to Madison Square Garden,” Golovkin said. “The Garden’s fans are fantastic.”The Toronto-based Rolls has compiled an unbeaten record with 19 wins out of 19 including 10 knockouts. Back in the series Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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BW Offshore ICBC Team Up on FPSO Projects

first_imgzoom Operator of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units BW Offshore Limited (BWO) has signed a cooperation deal with financial leasing firm ICBC Financial Leasing to jointly pursue international infrastructure projects with a focus on FPSOs.Under the agreement, the parties plan to establish a long-term strategic partnership and offer cost effective production solutions for the global oil and gas industry.BWO and ICBCL, the leasing firm with USD 44 billion in total assets and part of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Ltd. (ICBC), will proceed with further detailed discussions with the aim to establish a project consortium framework, and identify other potential strategic cooperation opportunities.The intention is to explore and develop mutually beneficial FPSO and FPSO related projects globally in the interest of both companies and local Chinese-invested enterprises, and to build a platform for promoting Norwegian and Chinese cooperation on the international arena.“We are very pleased to enter into this strategic cooperation with ICBCL, a world-leading financial institution, and to strengthen our ties with China. A strong financial partner enables BW Offshore to address new growth opportunities,” Andreas Sohmen-Pao, the Chairman of the Board of BWO, said.The first joint project as part of the cooperation agreement, subject to both parties’ final approval, is ICBCL’s equity participation in the BW Catcher FPSO through the subscription of preference shares. The FPSO, a USD 1.2 billion investment, will operate on the Catcher field in the UK North Sea with start-up towards the end of 2017.Additionally, the companies agreed to establish a cooperation to explore the Kudu-gas-to-power infrastructure project where BWO holds a 56% stake in the upstream license.last_img read more

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