Court hears woman told gardaí she thought Tinder date was going to rape her

The man denies forcing himself on her in his car in a secluded part of UCD's campus

Court hears woman told gardaí she thought Tinder date was going to rape her

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A jury has heard a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a Tinder date told gardaí she thought he was going to rape her.

The man, who's in his 30s and has a Dublin address, denies forcing himself on her in his car in a secluded part of UCD's campus.

The woman travelled to Dublin from Brazil in June 2014 to study English. She was 32 at the time and had never left her country before.

She matched with the accused on Tinder a few weeks after she arrived and they arranged to meet up for coffee on July 23rd 2014.

He picked her up and drove her to a quiet part of UCD’s campus where she claims he touched her leg against her will and pulled up her dress.

Following his arrest, the man told gardaí they were meeting for sex.

When asked about that under cross-examination today, she said it was “completely crazy”

She said he’d referred to sex in their Tinder and WhatsApp exchanges but she never said she wanted to have sex with him.

If she did, she said she would have suggested his house or a hotel. At 32, you don't have sex in a car, she said.