Man con­victed of rap­ing woman he met on dat­ing app

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A Meath busi­ness an­a­lyst has been con­victed of rap­ing a woman he met on the on­line dat­ing app Badoo. Martin Sherlock (30), of Ath­lum­ney Wood, Na­van, had pleaded not guilty at the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court to rap­ing the woman at her Dublin home on Au­gust 14th, 2015.

Mr Jus­tice Patrick Mc­Carthy re­manded him on con­tin­u­ing bail to June 18th.

Dur­ing the trial the now 27-year-old woman told the jury that she had con­tacted an­other man on Badoo and had sex with him be­cause Sherlock had failed to con­firm their sched­uled meet-up that night.

She told Conor De­vally SC, pros­e­cut­ing, that Sherlock then mes­saged her af­ter the other man had left. She said she agreed to meet Sherlock when he said it was just for a chat. She said when he arrived she told him that they couldn’t have sex be­cause he had no condom.

She told the jury that she and Sherlock started kiss­ing and touch­ing in the bed­room but then she started to feel strange when the ac­tiv­ity es­ca­lated to oral sex. They in­ter­changed be­tween oral and pen­e­tra­tive sex until she be­came sore and un­com­fort­able and be­gan re­peat­ing “no” and “stop”.

The woman said Sherlock didn’t lis­ten even af­ter she told him that he should go. On his way out Sherlock re­turned back up­stairs to re­trieve his phone charger and took her phone as well.

She agreed with Blaise O’Car­roll SC, defending, that she did not have a packet of con­doms at her house but had ar­ranged to meet his client ear­lier that night. She said she made it clear that there would be no sex with­out a condom.

Sherlock told the jury that he and the com­plainant matched on the app and it was “quickly clear” that they were both on the same wave­length about meet­ing up for sex.

He told Mr O’Car­roll that he re­ceived a text from her about bring­ing a condom while he was driv­ing to her house but he told her he didn’t have one when he arrived. He said she “seemed dis­ap­pointed” about this, but there was “no neg­a­tive re­sponse” from her when they be­gan sexual ac­tiv­ity.

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