A woman has claimed the man who allegedly raped her warned that she would be called a liar if she told anyone.
She also claimed the man would never allow her to speak to her siblings and warned them to keep walking when they passed each other in the home or on the street.
The woman claimed the alleged offences occurred in two different Donegal houses and a shed behind one of the houses prior to her mother’s death. She said they continued when she moved in with her guardian.
The accused (62) has pleaded not guilty to 46 counts of indecent assault and rape of the woman, who is eight years younger than him. The alleged abuse took place between January 1965 and June 1975.
Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Brendan Grehan SC, the woman disagreed that she was never sexually abused by the accused.
Defence counsel put it to her that the man agrees he was physically violent towards her and her siblings but denies sexual abuse and rape.
“As I got older the sex side got less and the physical violence was more,” the woman said.
Mr Grehan suggested that the man was away for several months at a time due to work training and could not have abused her during the times she suggested.
“No, I don’t remember him being away for months at a time. He may have been away for a week or a few days but he never seemed to be away for a long time and we never knew when he would be back,” she said.
When it was put to her that she never opened up to her brother about the alleged indecent assault and rape, she said: “What would my brother have done? He was only two years older than me.”
“My mother would have been the one person I would have spoken to about it but he (the accused) told me it would make her ill, I would be called a liar and I would lose my mother through death, like I did my father.”
She said shortly after the sexual abuse started her mother became ill and passed away several months later.
She denied there was any romantic interest between her and the accused. Mr Grehan put it to her that on one occasion they both met on the landing in the house and were having a conversation.
“Your guardian came out of the room and she stopped any feelings between you two. This is when his drinking and violence escalated,” defence counsel said.
“No, there was never anything romantic between us and I don’t believe that to be true,” the woman claimed.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury of nine men and three women.
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