Rapist gets three years off sentence to do studies
A SERIAL burglar who raped a woman while on bail has had three years of his sentence suspended on condition he completes his Leaving Certificate.
Gerard Kane (36) threatened to bury his rape victim in the garden and said he would hang himself if she went to the gardai.
He had broken into her apartment at 1.30am, and she saw him in the doorway of her bedroom with a hammer, screwdriver and torch.
Kane got into bed beside her. He asked her for a kiss and began touching her before raping her.
During the ordeal he went to the bathroom and returned with "white powder" on his bottom lip before raping the woman again.
As he was leaving he made her promise not to call gardai, gave her a hug and asked for her number so he could take her out to dinner.
Kane was on bail at the time for the burglary of the constituency office of former Fianna Fail minister Barry Andrews.
As Kane was sentenced and told to complete his exams, one of the victim's supporters said from the body of the court: "Maybe he'll get into Trinity."
In a victim impact report, the woman told the court that the week following the break-in was the worst of her life because she thought Kane might return and kill her, "like he said he would".
She said she became paranoid and anxious and was forced to take sleeping tablets.
During her ordeal, she kept telling him: "Please go, you said you would not hurt me."
She told the court: "I was terrified. I was afraid not to do what he told me."
Afterwards, Kane began talking about fixing the broken door downstairs and putting the tools back into the shed.
He told her he would take her word for it that she was an honest girl and would not ring the gardai.
Kane, formerly of Dominic Street, Dun Laoghaire, had previously pleaded not guilty to raping the woman at her home on June 17, 2011.
During his trial he changed his plea to guilty after five days of evidence.
Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said the victim had shown "great resilience".
He imposed a 12-year sentence, but suspended the final three years on condition that Kane completes two years of study for his Leaving Certificate, and then an additional two-year educational course.