10 years for horrific sex attack

Published 18/07/2013 | 05:26

Sylvester Torrens pictured at the Central Criminal Court, Cork.

A 32-YEAR-OLD man who beat a young woman to a pulp, punching and kicking her in the face, and kicking her in the vagina, before raping her in a North Cork town has been sentenced to ten years in jail with three years suspended.

A 32 year old man who beat a young woman to a pulp, punching and kicking her in the face, and kicking her in the vagina, before raping her in a North Cork town has been sentenced to ten years in jail with three years suspended.

Sylvester Torrens with an address at Spring Lane, Blackpool in Cork city had last month pleaded guilty to raping the woman by penetrating her mouth with his penis, sexually assaulting her and assaulting her causing her harm.

This week at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork, Mr Justice Paul Carney noted the man's guilty to plea and his lack of any particularly relevant previous convictions but said that it was a particularly horrific attack.

Mr Justice Carney noted that Torrens had threatened to kill the woman during the attack which happened after they went for a walk together outside Kanturk town in the early hours of March 18, 2011.

Garda Michelle Power said Torrens and the injured party were talking as they walked out of Kanturk together that night before Torrens made advances. However, she pushed him away and decided to walk back towards town in the belief she would safer with people present.

However, Torrens followed her and caught up. "He grabbed her in a head-lock and pulled her down to the park area. He pushed her on to the grass," said Garda Power, adding Torrens punched and kicked her in the face as well as kicking her in the vagina.

"She was afraid. He told her he was going to kill her if she didn't do what he wanted. She was afraid he was going to throw her in the river."

Torrens then proceeded to orally rape the woman before removing all her clothes and sexually assaulting her further. Then he stopped.

"He got off her and apologised to her. He said not to say anything to anyone but it didn't matter because he would be gone in the morning and told her to wait ten minutes," said Garda Power.

The reason given by Torrens, in a probation report, for his behaviour on the night was that he had been drinking, taking cocaine and also took a tablet he got in a pub without knowing what it was.

"Those who take heavy quantities of drink and cocaine and, in particular, those who take tablets, the properties of which they do not know, can expect to end up charged with homicide or rape," said Mr Justice Carney.

He noted that Torrens had later gone to a garda station and made admissions regarding a physical assault but he didn't attach much significance to that as he believed that Torrens was acting out of his own self-interest.

He sentenced Torrens to ten years in jail but suspended the final three years on condition that he stays away from the victim in perpetuity. He backdated the sentence to June 6 last, when Torrens was first taken into custody.

Corkman

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