Tuesday 28 March 2017

Man beat, raped wife to teach her 'not to disrespect' after her '­insults'

Central Criminal Court (stock photo)
Central Criminal Court (stock photo)

Conor Gallagher and Sonya McLean

A Laois man beat and raped his wife after she allegedly insulted him about his ability to attract ­women.

The 45-year-old was convicted yesterday at the Central Criminal Court of rape after a week-long trial. He had already admitted assaulting the woman by punching her in the face.

It is the second conviction for marital rape this year and the fourth since it was criminalised in 1990.

During the attack the woman started screaming "help me God" before he told her "no god is going to help you".

He told her: "That will teach you not to disrespect me, I want to hear you beg for mercy," before saying, "now I am going to rape you and I am going to enjoy it."

The man told gardaí he "flipped" because the woman accused him of being "needy" and he felt she implied he didn't know how to attract women.

He said he punched her five or six times to the face before making her beg for mercy. He said he then asked her for sex and she consented. The woman said she was not physically forced to have sex but that she felt it was her only way out.

The man had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman but guilty to a charge of ­assaulting her causing her harm on ­January 8, 2015.

Mr Justice Paul Butler refused bail after conviction after hearing the man has made some ­attempts to contact the victim. He was also told the victim was of a "somewhat fragile character".

The man was remanded in custody until sentencing on December 12 next.

Ms Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, told the jury it was the prosecution's case that the woman was afraid for her life and she felt "sex was the only way out".

Irish Independent

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