Monday 26 September 2016

Rape victim overheard attacker raping her mum in voicemail

Conor Gallagher

Published 08/03/2016 | 08:37

Dublin Central Criminal Court
Dublin Central Criminal Court

A man raped his girlfriend before raping her mother days later after breaking into her house and holding a knife to her throat, a court has heard.

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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.

The 47-year-old Waterford man - who cannot be named to protect the women's identity, - has previously served a lengthy sentence for raping his daughter over a four-year period.

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

The man's defence counsel asked Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy to impose a determinate sentence so the man "can work towards a target date". The judge adjourned finalisation until May 3 next.

Ordeal

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 Kerida Naidoo, prosecuting, 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 where they had sex during which the man became extremely violent. The woman begged him to stop saying "Please love, please love, you're hurting me," but he continued to rape her. Afterwards, she felt she couldn't go home and went with the accused to his house.

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." He then savagely raped her again. She later fled to a friend's house.

Two days later, the woman had a missed call and voicemail from the accused. In the voicemail message she could hear her mother saying "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry".

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 60-year-old up the stairs by her hair before tying her up.

Det Insp Cleary said that for the next two hours and 40 minutes, she was subjected to a vicious and degrading physical and sexual 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. Gardaí broke in and chased the man into the back garden where they pepper sprayed him after he refused to drop the knife.

Dominic McGinn, defending, said his client had instructed him not to minimise the seriousness of the offending.

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