TWO young men who took part in the brutal gang rape of a woman in a van specially converted for sex behaved like "predators towards a wounded quarry in a David Attenborough documentary."
The men, 16 and 18 years old at the time, were jailed for 10 years each today before the Central Criminal Court as Mr Justice Paul Carney said there were absolutely no mitigating factors in their favour.
Mr Justice Carney told one of the accused, who sobbed through the hearing, that he was shedding "tears of self pity and not of remorse."
"They committed unspeakable outrages against her," he added.
He said the duo, who had insisted throughout their trial that any sexual contact was consensual, had “lied in their teeth”.
“They were driving around (Cork) in a van specially converted for sex with a mattress in the back," he added.
“As far as I am concerned they left their childhood behind long ago,” he said.
Members of both men's families screamed as the sentences were handed down.
The duo, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were also registered as sex offenders.
The victim said the trial had been “degrading and humiliating” and she said the men’s claims during the trial had made her feel as if she was “being attacked again.”
She also spoke of her terror when a riot erupted in the court on November 7 last after the duo were convicted.
Members of their families were later charged with contempt over the melee which was so serious Mr Justice Carney said he could not make his directions heard to gardai on security duty.
Armed gardai were on duty in the courthouse today.
The victim said at one stage during the brutal attack in Glanmire, Co Cork on September 13 2009 she was in fear of her life.
The two men have a total of 39 previous convictions for burglary, theft, drunk and disorderly and threatening behaviour.
Neither has served any time in prison.
One was convicted of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of the woman.
The other was convicted of attempted rape and sexual assault.
The attack occurred after the woman, who moved to Ireland because she felt “it was so safe”, attended a birthday party in a pub but became separated from her friends.
She had consumed a quantity of alcohol and was then picked up by the two men and another individual in a white van.
There was a mattress in the rear of the van.
The men drove her down an isolated country lane and tried to have sex with her on the mattress.
The older man said: “Hurry on, give me a lash” at one stage during the attack.
They later denied to Gardai that any sexual contact had occurred but subsequently insisted it was consensual. They said they had dropped the woman home safe.
However, they stole €190 from her purse and divided it up amongst themselves before stealing her car.
When the woman left the van, her bra and panties had been ripped off. Her blouse and her trousers were also torn.