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Rapist takes his own life

BIPOLAR MAN DUE TO BE SENTENCED FOR HIJACKING

KEVIN HUGHES

Published 08/11/2012 | 08:49

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A 29-YEAR-OLD Rathmore man convicted of a double rape in Killarney 12 years ago has taken his own life just three days before he was due to be sentenced for the knife-point hijacking of a car last year.

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Donal Moynihan, Raheen East, was due to appear before Cork Circuit Criminal Court on Monday after being found guilty of stealing a car at knifepoint from a mother and daughter at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork in October 2011.

The deceased last month pleaded guilty to six charges arising out of the incident. On Monday, Judge Sean O'Donnabhain struck out sentencing when defence counsel Dermot Sheehan BL said that Mr Moynihan had "died tragically" last Friday.

Last year's incidents came nine years after Mr Moynihan was sentenced to 12 years - reduced on appeal - for the Killarney rapes.

His victim was threatened at knife-point and raped at two different sites. A victim impact report indicated that the victim's life had been dramatically altered and that she was sometimes suicidal. During the 2002 hearing Mr Moynihan also told gardaí he was glad they had detected him as he "couldn't live with himself ".

A previous court had heard how Mr Moynihan had a history of psychiatric problems and suffered from bipolar disorder with the result that he lost control of himself when he didn't take his medication.

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