Man accused of raping wife claims they did not have sex on night in question

Woman alleges husband raped her after she told him she wanted a separation

A man accused of raping his wife in their Dublin home claims they did not even have sex on the night in question.

The woman, whose identity is protected, is being cross-examined about allegations she made during the breakdown of their marriage.

Earlier this week, the woman told the court she decided to leave her husband in 2014 after years of difficulties.

She said he refused to accept their marriage was over and became increasingly aggressive whenever the subject was brought up.

At the beginning of the trial, he pleaded guilty to hitting her in the head with a hammer in August 2014.

She claims he head-butted her on their son’s birthday in May 2014 but under cross-examination today, the man’s barrister accused her of lying.

He said his client accepts he shoved her but says she hit her head off an open door in the kitchen.

He also denies threatening her with a large carving knife on the night of the alleged rape on May 25th, 2014, and strongly denies the rape allegation itself, claiming they had not had sex for some time.

Her cross-examination is expected to go on for the rest of the day.