Wednesday 26 November 2014

Developer 'can't buy his way out of jail time' for rape, says judge

Published 18/02/2014 | 02:30

Thomas Egan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison
Thomas Egan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison

A DEVELOPER who raped a Brazilian woman he had asked to clean his house has been jailed for four years after a judge said he couldn't "buy himself out" of a custodial sentence.

Father-of-four Thomas Egan (47), of Cahermurphy, Kilmihill, Co Clare, paid over €10,000 in court to be forwarded to his victim, who has since returned to Brazil.

Mr Justice Barry White suspended the final three-and-a- half years of a seven-and-a-half year sentence, noting that Egan had a previous "unblemished record" apart from a minor road traffic offence.

Egan was convicted last May by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of raping the 23-year-old woman at a house in Tipperary on July 5, 2010.

He had denied the charge.

FEAR

Egan admitted having sex with the woman but told gardai it was consensual and that she had not shown any fear.

During the trial, Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, said Egan had approached the victim on a street in Gort, Co Galway, and asked her to clean a house. They travelled to the house in Tipperary in his car and he set out a number of cleaning tasks.

Upstairs in the house, Egan started to kiss her and touch her body. He tried to take her clothes off and then took her hand and placed it on his groin area. He then raped her.

Afterwards the woman put on her clothes and asked him to drive her home. The following day, she made a complaint.

Jessica Magee and Emer Connolly

Irish Independent

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