Two men found guilty of raping Donegal student after night out

first_imgA jury has found two Donegal residents guilty of raping a student after bringing her to their flat after a night out.Boakye Osei (29) of Tooban, Burnfoot and Kelvin Opoku (33) of Cill Greine, Letterkenny had pleaded not guilty to rape of the woman in a Donegal town in February 2015. After a five week trial, a jury of seven men and four women took just over two hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts.During the trial the woman, who is now aged in her 20s, testified that she had been out drinking with her friend in a local nightclub and she was drunk and finding it difficult to walk home.She said the men were in a car and offered them a lift home. She said the men brought them back to a flat and offered them drink.She told the jury she remembers lying on a bed and someone heavy on her and then something “inside her”. She said that the men swapped over and the second man raped her.The woman said she was “blind drunk” and could not and did not consent to any sexual activity.Her friend gave evidence that she was kissing and touching Osei while Opoku was having sex with the victim on the same bed. She said she told Osei she didn’t want to have sex and he went over to her friend and had sex with her.Osei denied any sexual activity between him and the complainant. When shown evidence that his semen was found on her underwear he replied “no comment”. His lawyers argued the semen traces could have come from cross-contamination.Opoku told gardaí that he and the woman had sex which she consented to. He said he didn’t believe she was too drunk to consent.Gardaí later showed him mobile phone footage taken by the victim’s friend in which the victim is staggering around the apartment and later falling on the bathroom floor, exposing her underwear, before the two men hold her up. Opoku said she wasn’t in that condition when they had sex.He and the victim’s friend told gardaí that the victim was saying “harder” and moaning during the sex. Cross-examined on this the victim said she may have been dreaming and had a history of talking and moaning in her sleep.“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,” she said.Justice Alex Owens ordered a Probation Service report for both men and certified them as sex offenders.He also ordered a victim impact statement to be prepared for a sentence date on January 13, next. He remanded the two Ghanaian nationals in custody to that date.Two men found guilty of raping Donegal student after night out was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Indian football team gets official clearance to play in Asian Games, women wait

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) The Indian men’s football team has got the official confirmation to participate in the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta, days after national coach Stephen Constantine appealed to the government to send a team for the mega sporting event. “The official confirmation has come to the All India Football Federation. The men’s team is going for sure but the women’s team’s faith still hangs in balance as they are yet to get the green light,” a well-placed source close to the AIFF said. Constantine had made an appeal to the government during the Intercontinental Cup earlier this month to let the team participate in the competition. “We need more games and if the government is listening, send us to the Asian games. It’s an U-23 event and we have 11 players in this squad who are below 23. The benefits the players will gain from the Asian Games will be huge,” Constantine had said. In his second stint with the Indian team, Constantine oversaw skipper Sunil Chhetri-inspired India’s triumphant campaign in the Intercontinental Cup, which culminated with a convincing 2-0 win over Kenya in the summit showdown in Mumbai. Constantine is set to hold a camp in July. The Intercontinental Cup was a preparatory event for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. India are clubbed with hosts United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A of the continental showpiece, which will be held across eight centres from January 5 to February 1. PTI AH AH ATKATKlast_img read more