Monday 24 July 2017

Student forced to strip for sex during burglary

Aoife Nic Ardghail

A 24-YEAR-OLD man will be sentenced next week for his role in trying to make a female college student have sex with her male housemates after breaking into their home with a hammer and hacksaw.

Jason Paget (24) had just turned 16 when he and co-accused, Stephen Phelan (26), broke into the home, threatened the three occupants looking for their ATM cards and PIN numbers and ordered the woman to have sex with her housemates after she had been made to strip naked.

Paget, of Aylward Green, Finglas, was extradited back to Ireland last year from the UK.

He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at a premises at St Albans Road, Dublin, and aggravated burglary and sexual assault of a woman with intent to cause degradation at another Dublin address, all on February 11, 2003. He has no previous convictions.

Phelan, of Poddle Close, Crumlin, previously had his nine-year sentence for these and other serious crimes, increased to 13 years.

Detective Sergeant Joe McLoughlin revealed that Phelan, who had 26 previous convictions at the time of the offence, was the main aggressor in the burglaries and sex assault and had cut the female victim from shoulder to waistline during the ordeal.

Det Sgt McLoughlin told the court that Phelan and Paget, who was armed with a bicycle wheel brace, broke into the St Albans Road premises at about 4.30am on February 11, 2003, and threatened to "knife" the three male occupants. The pair took a €300 mini-disc player, a laptop worth €750, a games console and €300 of games.

Some hours later, a male occupant in the second premises awoke to find an intruder with a Stanley knife in his room and another in the doorway of his female housemate's room.

All three housemates were brought into one bedroom while Phelan searched the house and Paget stood with a hammer and hacksaw.

Stripped

During the ordeal, which lasted nearly two hours, the youths ordered the female housemate to remove her clothes and she eventually stripped to her underpants, which Phelan cut at the hips so they fell off.

He then brought one of her housemates into the room naked and said: "I want the two of you to have sex."

The man and woman, out of fear, began kissing to make it look like they were having sex.

Det Sgt McLoughlin told the court that Phelan cut the woman during this incident but was called away by Paget, who was not in the room. The raiders eventually called a taxi to Blessington and left the premises.

A letter was read to the court in which Paget apologised to his victims, and in which said he took full responsibility for his actions and that he had been on a lot of drugs.

Paget was remanded in custody until sentence next week.

Irish Independent

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