Monday 5 December 2016

Life for paedophile who raped his girlfriend and her mother

Victim describes attack that took her dignity, confidence and belief in forgiveness

Conor Gallagher

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

Yesterday at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the offences fell into the “wholly exceptional” category of rape offences which deserved a life sentence.
Yesterday at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the offences fell into the “wholly exceptional” category of rape offences which deserved a life sentence.

A convicted paedophile has been given eight concurrent life sentences for raping his girlfriend before breaking into her mother's house and raping her three days later.

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The mother, who was aged 60 at the time, was saved when her daughter heard the rape taking place in the background of a voicemail the attacker had left her by accident.

Yesterday at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the offences fell into the "wholly exceptional" category of rape offences which deserved a life sentence. He imposed eight life terms for the various offences, which will run at the same time. Mr Justice McCarthy said it was one of the most serious cases of its type on which he had ever passed sentence.

In her victim-impact statement, the daughter described it as a "night of horror".

She said the attack "took her dignity, her self-esteem, her confidence, her belief in forgiveness, and her belief that there was good in people". She said her trust in the man "was abused in a brutal manner".

Her mother, who suffers from severe arthritis, said she was "tortured" that night. She said she now lived in fear and could no longer be alone in her home, which used to be her sanctuary.

The 48-year-old Waterford man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the women, has previously served a lengthy sentence for raping his daughter over a four-year period.

At the time of the latest attacks, he was on bail for kidnapping and seriously assaulting the same girlfriend the previous year. Last December, he was jailed for three-and-a-half years for the kidnapping.

The father of four pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape of the two women in various ways between July 2 and July 5, 2015, at locations in Dublin.

He also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, attempted rape, aggravated burglary, making threats to kill and aggravated sexual assault.

Detective Inspector Paul Cleary told the court that the ordeal started after the accused became angry when his girlfriend's mother refused to let him into their house.

He went with his girlfriend to another location during which he became extremely violent and raped her.

The next day he woke her up and brought her into the bathroom where he told her: "I'll slice you up, I'll kill you, I'll teach you to disrespect me."

Two days later the woman had a missed call and voicemail from the accused. In the background of the message she could hear her mother.

Earlier that evening, the man had forced his way into the house after the mother opened the door to him. He punched her and held a Stanley knife to her throat.

He dragged the woman up the stairs by her hair before tying her up with the belts of two dressing gowns. Det Insp Cleary said that for the next two hours and 40 minutes she was subjected to a vicious assault.

Gardaí had been alerted by the woman's daughter after she heard the voicemail. As officers banged on the door, the accused told the woman he would kill her.

The police broke in and chased the man into the back garden, where they used pepper spray on him after he refused to drop the knife.

Det Insp Cleary said the woman was "unbelievably traumatised" afterwards.

Dominic McGinn SC, defending, said his client was on the waiting list for psychological treatment in prison.

Mr Justice McCarthy agreed to extend legal aid in the event the man decided to appeal.

Irish Independent

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