Saturday 21 October 2017

'He is evil' - Victim fears she'll bump into rapist as he's back on streets

Kevin Owen McDonnell (45), pictured left, and (right) victims Charlene Barrett and Kelly Geraghty speak to the media after the sentencing in 2011
Kevin Owen McDonnell (45), pictured left, and (right) victims Charlene Barrett and Kelly Geraghty speak to the media after the sentencing in 2011

Robin Schiller

A paedophile who raped and sexually assaulted two young girls is back on the streets after serving a sentence his victims described as “not enough”.

Kevin Owen McDonnell (45) walked free from Arbour Hill jail early yesterday morning after completing just over five years for a number of serious sexual assaults.

Last night one of the sex offender’s victims described him as “evil” saying he showed no remorse for his crimes.

In 2010, McDonnell – who is originally from Bangor Erris, Ballina, where the attacks took place – was found guilty of the rape and sexual assault of two childhood friends.

They were aged eight and nine at the time of the attacks which occurred between 1999 and 2000 at a pub where McDonnell worked as a barman.

The brave victims, Kelly Geragthy and Charlene Barrett, waived their right to anonymity so that the paedophile could be identified.

Victims Charlene Barrett and Kelly Geraghty speak to the media after their abuser Kevin Owen McDonnell was sentenced in 2011 Photo: COLLINS COURTS
Victims Charlene Barrett and Kelly Geraghty speak to the media after their abuser Kevin Owen McDonnell was sentenced in 2011 Photo: COLLINS COURTS

Ms Barrett (26) last night described how McDonnell had shown no remorse for the depraved attacks he carried out.

“There was no apology, absolutely nothing. He was completely in denial and claimed that he didn’t do it.

“That’s the type of person he is, ignorant and nasty and he laughed it off as if there was nothing wrong.

“He is evil, evil-looking,” she added.

“The court case was hard, especially because we had to go through it twice [because of a retrial] and we’ve just tried our best to move on, there's nothing much else you can do.

“I’ve got my own family now and I’m trying to get on with it,” she added.

It is understood that McDonnell has been given temporary accommodation by the local authority in Castlebar, Co Mayo and is expected to sign on at the local garda station.

However, the likelihood is that he could return to Bangor Erris as he has connections there.

“He isn’t wanted back here and a lot of people in the locality are worried that he will come back,” Ms Barrett said.

“If he did come back here I would be worried about bumping into him.”

During the 2011 trial, the court heard harrowing details of how the man sexually assaulted the two girls and gave them cigarettes and cider.

McDonnell was jailed for seven years after being convicted by a jury on a catalogue of counts of rape and sexual assault against the girls on dates between June 1999 and September 2000.

All parties were from Bangor Erris where McDonnell forced the girls to carry out sex acts on him in a secluded area of the West End pub.

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