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Jury discharged in rape trial involving mother and son

The jury was discharged after failing to agree on a verdict for the case, in which a mother accused her son of rape.

Image: James Cridland via Creative Commons

THE JURY IN the trial of a man accused of raping his mother has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

The Dublin man, 44, had pleaded not guilty to rape at the Central Criminal Court to raping his mother, then 65, at her home on 2 March, 2008. He admitted that they had sex but claimed it was consensual.

In the opening statements the prosecution alleged that the man had arrived at his mother’s house on the evening of Mother’s Day 2008. The pair then drank vodka and talked.

The woman says that the next thing she recalls is coming to and finding her son having sex with her. The defendant was arrested two days later and admitted that he had sex with his mother but said that she, now 69, had encouraged it.

Today, the jury of seven men and five women told the Justice Paul Butler that they had “reached an impasse” after almost six hours of deliberation.

A trial date will be fixed in October.

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