Woman ‘subjected to manic sex attack by intruder’

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An intruder allegedly subjected a woman to a “manic” sex attack in her home, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors claimed her ordeal lasted several hours following a break-in at the house just outside north Belfast.

Stephen Brady faces charges of burglary, attempted rape and two counts of sexual assault over the incident early on December 5.

The 46-year-old accused, of Uppertown Drive in Newtownabbey, was refused bail to ensure the alleged victim is protected.

A judge was told the woman, who is in her 40s and lives alone, had fallen asleep watching television.

She was awoken by a man grabbing her and threatening he had a knife and would stab her if she didn’t do as he said, it was claimed.

Prosecution counsel Kate McKay said following a struggle the woman’s clothes were pulled off and she was forced upstairs at the house in the Newtownabbey area.

She was then allegedly pushed on to a bed and told: “You know what’s going to happen now.”

According to Mrs McKay the woman tried to reason with her attacker, saying: “You don’t need to do this.”

But it was claimed that he repeatedly tried to rape her and perform sex acts.

“She described him as being manic,” the barrister said.

“It went on for hours, it was dark outside but she didn’t know the time.”

In an attempt to bring an end to her alleged ordeal the woman lied by saying she was pregnant and that her husband would be home soon, the court heard.

However, it was claimed that Brady continued with the assault, at one stage telling her she wasn’t compliant enough.

He also allegedly became frustrated and said she was “very lucky nothing worse had happened to her”.

It was claimed that before leaving he warned the woman he would kill her if she went to the police.

The alleged victim later went to police and underwent a forensic medical examination which produced a DNA profile said to match Brady’s.

Following his arrest he claimed any sexual contact with the woman was consensual.

Barry Gibson, defending, said his client’s version of events was that he was returning home after being out partying in Belfast.

Brady claims the woman was standing outside her own house and invited him inside as he walked past at around 5am.

According to Mr Gibson the accused and alleged victim knew each other from previous encounters.

Refusing bail, however, Mr Justice O’Hara said: “This is a lady who, I believe, needs protection.

“That protection can only be secured at this stage by Mr Brady staying in prison.”