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'Evil' rapist who laughed at victim gets seven years

Ralph Riegel

Published 01/02/2013 | 05:00

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AN "EVIL" rapist who laughed at a woman as he violently assaulted her in her own bedroom has been jailed for seven years.

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Lovemore Dube (25) only stopped when the terrified woman asked how he would feel about such a brutal sex attack against his own mother or sister.

The vicious attack by Dube, a Zimbabwean national with addresses in Limerick and Cork, resulted in the middle-aged woman having to be tested for both HIV and hepatitis.

The tests proved negative.

It also emerged that the keys to the woman's home were later found amongst Dube's possessions at Cork Prison.

Dube pleaded guilty to raping the middle-aged woman at her home in Cork on July 23, 2012.

He had tricked his way into the woman's home by pretending he was her partner when he knocked on her locked door.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said in the Central Criminal Court it was a very disturbing attack.

"(The rape was) violent and insulting and left the victim severely traumatised and injured. She was particularly upset that this happened in her own home," he said.

She was left further traumatised by having to undergo HIV and hepatitis testing due to what was described as an incident in Dube's past.

Remorse

Mr Justice Carney registered Dube as a sex offender and imposed a nine-year prison sentence with two years suspended because of his guilty plea and remorse.

Dube had laughed at the woman as he held her down and raped her. During the attack he repeatedly slapped the woman and bit her breasts.

The victim said she believed the attacker was enjoying her suffering and had "evil" in his eyes.

"The fear I felt could not be described. . . I prayed to God, Our Lady, the angels and my late grandmother to help save me," she said.

As he raped her, Dube laughed at her and insulted her by calling her "a bitch" and "a slut".

The attack only stopped when the woman desperately asked him how he would react if someone subjected his mother or sister to a similar assault.

Dube then stopped and she managed to push him out of her home.

The woman did not have a phone to raise the alarm and was terrified until her brother and partner arrived back at the property an hour later.

"I hope God will forgive you because I never will. I feel like I have been handed a life sentence yet I committed no crime," the victim told Dube.

The woman said that the pain she endured during the attack was "horrendous" and, at one stage, she was afraid for her life.

Irish Independent

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