Man convicted of raping woman he met on dating app
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.