The solicitor of a man found guilty of raping a Donegal women told the court that he had a “badly incorrect” view of what rape is. Kelvin Opoku (33) is one of two Ghanaian nationals who raped the young woman in their flat in Letterkenny in 2015.
Opoku and Boakye Osei (29), both living in Letterkenny were found guilty by a jury of seven men and four women after a five-week trial. The jury took just over two hours to return unanimous guilty verdicts. Both defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The young woman, a student, said it was difficult to put into words the effect the rape had on her, and that she still frequently feels fear and panic.
In her victim impact statement, she said the men had robbed her of five years of her life. The trial had taken three attempts to proceed and she said it was difficult to prepare herself emotionally and to take time off work in each occasion.
She compared the trial, and reliving the events of the rape, to the opening of an old wound.
The young woman said that she was told to there was a risk of HIV-infection and had to attend a hospital to be put on medication. She said that she had decided that if she was diagnosed with HIV because of the rape she would take her own life, and that she spent months going to hospitals for blood tests before she was given the all-clear.
Garda Sean Duffy told the court that the woman had been in a nightclub with a friend on the night in question. They had begun talking to the two accused while walking home and the women went with them to Opoku’s apartment.
A video clip shown during to the court showed the woman in an intoxicated state and being brought into a bedroom. She told the court that on a scale of one to ten in terms of drunkenness, she was a ten.
Senior Counsel for Opoku, Colman Fitzgerald, said his client had a “badly incorrect” view of what rape is. Osei was described in the court as a ‘good family man’.
The case has been adjourned until March 16 for sentencing.