Woman tells sex assault trial she never told man she wanted sexual relations

The woman has returned to Ireland from Brazil for the trial

Woman tells sex assault trial she never told man she wanted sexual relations

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A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a Tinder date has told his trial she never told him she wanted to meet up for sexual relations.

The woman, who returned to Ireland from Brazil for the trial, told gardaí the man forced himself on her in his car on the UCD campus in July 2014.

During her cross-examination today, the woman agreed with defence barrister Paul Flannery that Tinder could be used as a mechanism for people looking for casual, consensual sex - but she said she never told the accused she wanted to meet him for sexual relations.

She said she just wanted to go for a coffee or a beer and have a conversation to help improve her English.

When asked why she did not cut contact after he sent her some explicit messages, she said: "It's because I was stupid".

Her Tinder profile photos were shown to the jurors and Mr Flannery put it to her that two of them had a "sexy look about them".

She explained they were taken as part of her work as a model in Brazil.

She also said she trusted the man because she believed Ireland to be a safe country and that is why she kept talking to him.

Her cross-examination will resume tomorrow.