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Polish man jailed for six years for rape of his wife

Declan Conlon and Declan Brennan

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

At his sentencing hearing, the man’s defence counsel asked the judge to consider a possible 'clash of cultures with regard to what was tolerated in one country and another'
At his sentencing hearing, the man’s defence counsel asked the judge to consider a possible 'clash of cultures with regard to what was tolerated in one country and another'

A Polish man convicted of raping his wife has been jailed for six years at the Central Criminal Court.

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The 53 year old, who cannot be named to protect the victim's anonymity, told gardaí he didn't think it was possible for a husband to rape a wife.

The man had pleaded not guilty to rape and false imprisonment of his wife at her home in Co Wexford in October 2011.

At his sentencing hearing, the man's defence counsel asked the judge to consider a possible "clash of cultures with regard to what was tolerated in one country and another".

Garda Cliona Joyce told the court that the victim said she did not want her husband to serve any more prison time. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said this was not a relevant factor in law regarding the sentence a court could impose, no more than where a victim was urging a lengthy sentence. He noted the accused felt he was entitled to do what he did, but said this was not the case.

The court heard the couple separated due to the man's alcoholism and aggression.

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