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Sunday 20 April 2014

Bailed burglar raped woman after break-in

A serial burglar was on bail when he broke into a woman's house and repeatedly raped her, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Gerard Kane (36) threatened to bury his victim in the back garden and said he would hang himself if she went to the gardai.

During the ordeal he went to the bathroom and returned with "white powder" on his bottom lip before raping the woman again.

As he was leaving he made her promise not to call gardai, gave her a hug and asked for her number so he could take her out to dinner.

Kane was on bail at the time for a previous burglary of the constituency office of former Fianna Fail minister, Barry Andrew.

He had received a two-year sentence last July for the break-in.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said he would sentence Kane for the rape charges in two weeks and that whatever sentence was imposed would be consecutive to the two-year term.

The court heard how the victim still has nightmares and flashbacks to the night Kane raped her and that she sometimes imagines a man standing at her bedroom door.

Kane, formerly of Dominic Street, Dun Laoghaire, had previously pleaded not guilty to raping her at her home on June 17, 2011.

Guilty

During his trial, he changed his plea to guilty after five days of evidence.

Garda Adam Clear told prosecuting counsel Fiona Murphy BL that Kane had 26 previous convictions including nine that were dealt with in the Circuit Court.

In a victim impact report, the woman told the court that the week after the break-in was the worst of her life because she thought Kane might return and kill her, "like he said he would".

Kane's defence counsel Conor Devally SC said his client had a chaotic upbringing and that his mother was an alcoholic.

Mr Justice Sheehan remanded Kane in custody until sentencing on December 6, 2012.

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