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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Man who sent former co-worker ‘rape and cannibalism text’ jailed for three years

Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 24/07/2014 | 17:18

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A Dublin man who sent a former colleague a threatening text message and an image of a dismembered doll as part of his “rape fantasy” has been jailed for three years

A Dublin man who sent a former colleague a threatening text message and an image of a dismembered doll as part of his “rape fantasy” has been jailed for three years.

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The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told gardai he was romantically interested in the woman but never managed to ask her out before she moved jobs.

He said he had been on an unsuccessful date with another woman when he decided to send his ex-colleague a graphic text message depicting rape, dismemberment and cannibalism.

Detective Garda Brendan O’Toole said the man said he had wanted to make his victim “feel scared” as part of his fantasy. He told gardai that he was frustrated and could have targeted anyone, but he happened to have this woman’s contact details.

The 39 year old pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing the woman between August 2012 and July 2013. He also pleaded guilty to sending her a menacing phone message on June 6 and threatening to kill her on July 7, 2013. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring suspended the last year of a four year prison sentence on condition that the man engage with the Probation Services. She also ordered that he not communicate with the victim by any direct or indirect means for ten years.

She said the facts of the case are very disturbing and that he is clearly a man who is in need of assistance but has not received it.

Det Gda O’Toole said the victim received the text message while on holiday abroad. She then returned home in July to find an envelope containing a sheet of paper with an image of her, which was taken from her Facebook page, superimposed onto a picture of her front door.

Two other images on separate sheets of paper were of a dismembered doll and a hanged woman.

The detective told Shane Costelloe BL, prosecuting, that the man admitted buying the doll at a euro shop, ripping off its arms and pouring tomato sauce on it before he took the photo.

He also admitted taking the picture of the hanged woman at the National Wax Museum’s Chamber of Horrors.

The man said he’d planned to ask the woman out the day he took the picture of her front door, but “chickened out.”

He explained that he’d taken the woman’s phone number from an email she’d sent her old company the previous year. He got her home address from intercepting a package of items to be forwarded to her after she left the company.

Gardaí tracked the man down using the phone number the threatening message came from. They traced the number to a bank account which the man had used to put credit on the phone.

Gardai seized laptops and USB keys from his home and discovered the images he sent to the victim on file.

The man said he hadn’t thought of the consequences of his actions and said he had had rape fantasies involving the victim, female celebrities, other men and sometimes himself.

The woman described in a Victim Impact Statement read in court that her “biggest fear” is that the man will not forget about her.

Det Gda O’Toole agreed with Barry Ward BL, defending, that his client was co-operative and that there was no evidence to suggest he was acting out his rape fantasies.

He submitted to Judge Mary Ellen Ring that his client is “socially dysfunctional” and that loneliness and failure in romantic relationships were factors in his offending.

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