Tuesday 25 July 2017

'Deviant' gets 15 years for raping aunt

Lonan Paul and Sonya McLean

A "social deviant" who raped his aunt in her home after threatening to kill her has been jailed for 15 years.

Colm Kelly (32), originally from Davitt Park, Ballybrack, Dublin, but with an address at Came Point, Castletownbere, Cork, had 67 previous convictions.

He had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, oral rape, two charges of sexual assault and one of false imprisonment on August 25, 2010.

A jury found him guilty on all counts after two-and-a-half hours of deliberations following his trial earlier this month.

His 55-year-old aunt waived her right to anonymity so her nephew could be named. In her victim-impact statement, she asked that Kelly be banned from Co Cork following his release, as she was afraid he would "come back and get me".

Following the sentence hearing, she said that justice had been done.

She described her nephew as an "evil monster" who should be "locked up and the key thrown away". She said her life had been a living hell since the ordeal, as she suffered from nightly flashbacks and panic attacks.

Despicable

Mr Justice Paul Carney described the way in which Kelly ran his defence as "the most despicable and dishonourable I have seen in my 20 years in this court". He said Kelly had claimed that his aunt had been "the sexual predator" and instigated the encounter.

Mr Justice Carney said the jury had decisively rejected that claim and returned "a rapid verdict".

He said the inherent gravity of the offence, the effect on the victim, the breach of trust, the fact he had used a knife and the conduct of his defence warranted a 15-year sentence.

Mr Justice Carney ordered Kelly to undergo 10 years' post-release supervision and registered him as a sex offender.

The jury heard the woman allowed Kelly to sleep in her home on the night in question as his father's house was full.

She got up in the early hours of the morning to see Kelly standing at the bottom of the stairs, naked. She screamed and he told her to "shut the f**k up", before saying "you know what's going to happen, I'm going to rape you".

He grabbed her by the hair and brought her into a downstairs bedroom, and over the course of two hours raped and sexually assaulted her.

Reports handed into court described Kelly as a "social deviant" and stated he was at high risk of re-offending, unless he underwent continued drug treatment and therapy.

Irish Independent

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