Leitrim woman tells court two men raped her while she was blackout drunk

A Leitrim woman has told a trial that she awoke twice from a drunken blackout to find two men raping her.

The alleged rapes took place at the end of a party in a flat in a Co Leitrim town over two years ago.

The two Leitrim men have pleaded not guilty to rape at a place in the county on a date in 2017. The second accused also denies a charge of oral rape of the woman. The defendants and the complainant are now aged in their 20s.

The defendants have said that they had consensual sex with the woman on separate occasions during the night.

In her direct evidence the woman told the jury that she and the defendants knew each other and had attended a birthday party in a pub earlier that night.

She and others went to the defendants’ flat for a party. She had two puffs of cannabis and felt sickly but was enjoying the party and “wasn’t going to stop drinking”.

The woman said she remembers sitting at the kitchen table and the next thing she remembers was being in a bedroom with the first accused having sex with her.

She said she told him to stop but he carried on and began to strangle her throat. She said she scratched at him to get him off but he carried on.

The complainant said she could hear laughter. She blacked out and when she came to again the second accused was grabbing her head and made her perform oral sex on him.

Under cross-examination she said she doesn’t remember spending much of the night in the company of the first accused or engaging in physical contact with him.

She denied having consensual sex with both men and denied that she was “excited” by the prospect.

The trial, which began last week, continues before Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury.