Saturday 25 October 2014

Attempted rape plea is changed to guilty

Sonya McLean

Published 13/12/2012 | 05:00

A Lithuanian man has admitted the attempted rape of an 18-year-old Dublin woman in a field over six years ago.

Arunas Cervinskas (32) waited until the first day of his trial before a Central Criminal Court jury to enter a guilty plea. This was preceded by five days of legal argument in the absence of the jury panel.

The prosecution told Justice George Birmingham that this guilty plea was acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecution on the basis that full facts will be heard at the sentence hearing.

Cervinskas, of Shanliss Avenue, Santry, had previously pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault in circumstances of serious violence or where he caused injuries of a grave nature to the woman on May 18, 2006, in a Dublin suburb.

The court heard that she was taking a shortcut home at night when Cervinskas ambushed her. He then tried to rape her but she fought him off. The girl then blacked out and awoke to find Cervinskas had fled.

She had met him earlier in the evening and had given him her phone number in exchange for a cigarette. Cervinskas then phoned the number to make sure it was genuine and it registered as a missed call on the victim's phone.

He continually denied the charges, even though the victim subsequently pointed him out in an identification parade, until he pleaded guilty yesterday.

The judge registered Cervinskas a sex offender and remanded him in custody until his sentence hearing next January.

Irish Independent

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