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Trial Begins Of Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Woman In UCD After Tinder Date

Trial Begins Of Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Woman In UCD After Tinder Date

The trial has begun of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on Tinder at UCD's Belfield campus.

The alleged incident involving the 36 year-old man took place on July 23, 2014 in UCD's main campus. The man has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The man apparently met his victim on Tinder where they initially exchanged messages before arranging to meet up. The defendant picked her up from her flat in Dublin city centre before bringing her to a secluded car park on UCD's campus. The prosecuting lawyer, Paul Burns SC, described in court how the 36 year-old man then tried to kiss her and became aggressive when she resisted.

She asked him to stop and struggled against him, before being forced to strike him on the head as he continued to assault her. She eventually managed to free herself from the vehicle before the defendant then drove off.

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Paul Burns SC emphasised that this presented version of events merely constituted a sketch of the events and was not evidence in itself but was an outline of what he expected would be heard in evidence.

The trial will continue tomorrow.

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