A MAN who raped his victim for five hours after breaking into her house armed with a hatchet will likely receive less than 12 years in prison.
The Cork man forced his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her by driving them both into the sea. He also cut off her hair with a scissors because she wasn't performing sexual acts to his liking.
At a sentencing hearing at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan was told the case was judged by the DPP to "be at the higher end of the scale".
He noted this meant a sentence of between eight and 12 years was appropriate before any mitigating factors were taken into account.
Possible mitigating factors that could lead to a reduced sentence are the accused's guilty plea and his "genuine remorse" as expressed by his counsel.
Mr Justice Sheehan remanded the man in custody until sentencing next week. The 53-year-old had initially denied the attack but later pleaded guilty to rape at the woman's Cork home in the early hours of August 9, 2013.
The court heard the man had been in a relationship with the mother of two but that she broke up with him because he was too possessive.
A local sergeant told prosecuting counsel Patrick Marrinan SC that several weeks after the break-up the woman was in bed when, at about 2.30am, she heard the sound of glass smashing and footsteps on the stairs.
The man had found a hatchet in the garden and used it to break the patio door window. He was also armed with a knife.
He entered her bedroom and was loud, aggressive and drunk. He shouted at her: "You wouldn't talk to me, so I've come to talk to you."
He then raped her and cut her hair.
After several hours he began to sober up and threatened to kill the woman.
"I know I'm going to do time for this, I have nothing else to lose," he told her.
"I might as well kill myself and you. If I can't have you, no one will; let's go for a spin and we can drive off the pier."
At about 7.30am she made him a cup of tea to calm him down and he began sweeping up the glass in the kitchen. He then left and the woman called gardai.