A MAN attacked and raped a woman in her home after meeting her on the dating app Tinder, a court heard today.
During the attack Peter Loughlin, 36, banged the woman’s head off of the floor and slapped her in the face when she started praying out loud.
At one point he began filming her with his phone and slapped her in the face when she tried to cover her face with her hair.
Loughlin of Glasnevin Downs, Ballygall, Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and oral rape at an address in Dublin on January 5, 2018.
He has four previous convictions, including convictions for possession of drugs, drink driving and public order offences.
Garda Catherine Byrne told Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, that a week or two before the incident, the victim had met Loughlin on Tinder and they struck up a conversation.
They later met at her apartment in the city and were kissing when Loughlin became aggressive. The victim got “scared” and told the man it was time for him to go.
Loughlin said it was cold and asked if he could go to her bedroom so he could get warm as it was the only room with a heater and she replied he could get warm before leaving.
In the bedroom Loughlin raped the victim. She started screaming and he hit her head off of the floor three times.
The victim started trying to “negotiate” with the man. She said she had a boyfriend who would soon arrive and a flatmate who was moving in the next morning, but Loughlin did not believe either of her claims.
The incident came to an end when Loughlin allowed the victim to go to the bathroom, but came with her and refused to leave.
While in the bathroom the victim pretended to vomit, told him she was insulin dependent, and pretended to faint. He started to panic, put his clothes on and said he would take her to hospital.
As they left the apartment the victim pretended to collapse and Loughlin told her to wait and he would go get his car. Once he had left her flat she went inside, locked the door and immediately called gardaí.
In interview with gardai following his arrest, Loughlin denied the offences and said that “90 per cent of what she said was not true”. He said that what sexual contact there had been was consensual and he denied violently attacking her.
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Gda Byrne agreed with James Dwyer SC, defending, that his client told gardai he had grown up in Monaghan.
She agreed his client had agreed to go into custody of his own volition after pleading guilty in October 2020.
Justice Paul McDermott adjourned the case to April 30, next, when victim impact evidence and the plea in mitigation will be heard.