‘Trick’ rape claim denied by defendant who says ‘I’m not that sort of person’

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A RAPE accused told a jury he did not pretend to be another man so he could sleep with a woman saying “I’m not that sort of person”.

Richard Gallighan, 27, told Teesside Crown Court the girl had her eyes open and knew who he was when they had sex.

He is accused of switching places with the other man when he went to the toilet to trick the woman into sleeping with him.

The alleged rape happened shortly after the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had consensual sex with another man on the couch.

Gallighan disputed her claims that he got under the quilt from where her feet were to hide his face.

She said she only realised it was not the man she had just slept with until she saw Gallighan’s face afterwards.

But Gallighan said the woman said “come here” to him after he went downstairs and got a glass of water.

He said he sat down on the end of the sofa close to her head before getting under the quilt and they kissed and cuddled.

Gallighan added: “I saw her open her eyes so she knew it was me.”

Stephen Constantine, defending, said: “As far as you were aware could she see clearly?”

He said: “Yeah.”

Gallighan said the room was “very light” from the daylight outside despite the blind and curtain being closed.

Mr Constantine asked: “Had you arranged to swap with him so you could have sex with her?”

He replied: “No, I’m not that sort of person.”

Mr Constantine went on: “Did you pretend to be someone else so that you could have sex with her?”

Again, Gallighan replied: “No.”

He admitted sending an earlier text message to the other man saying “tell her to come upstairs”.

But he denied the prosecution’s claim it meant he wanted to have sex with her but said it was so she could have his bed and he would sleep on the couch.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions, cautions or reprimands, but once received a fixed penalty for possession of cannabis.

Gallighan, of Whinn Meadows, Hartlepool, denies one count of rape.

The jury are expected to retire to consider their verdict today.”