Sunday 18 March 2018

Burglar who raped 73-year-old twice gets 13 years

Anthony Hussey (right) is led out of court by gardaí after he was arrested in 2014. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin
Anthony Hussey (right) is led out of court by gardaí after he was arrested in 2014. Photo: Michelle Cooper Galvin

Sonya McLean and Conor Gallagher

A 73-year-old woman was left "broken, terrorised, waiting for death" in her own home after being raped twice by an intruder.

Anthony Hussey (26) was wearing a balaclava and dressed in dark clothing when the woman found him in her bedroom.

"It's just one thing and you are going to like it," Hussey said before he told the woman there were three more men outside.

Afterwards he said: "You enjoyed that, didn't you?" He then covered her with a duvet and left her home.

Yesterday, Hussey was jailed for 13 years, backdated to when he went in custody in 2014. The judge also imposed a five-year post-release supervision order.

Hussey, of Ardshillane, Sneem, Co Kerry, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and anal rape at the woman's home on September 20, 2014.

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In the days after the rape, Hussey told acquaintances he was "looking at time". He told his friends it was "only a f***in' break-in" and claimed he hadn't raped the woman. His DNA was later found on a fleece she had been wearing.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said: "One runs short of words to describe the seriousness of some of the offences that come before the court, particularly offences of a sexual nature."

He was considering Hussey's "otherwise good character", his letter of apology and, most importantly, his guilty plea.

The judge said a hallmark of the case was the woman's immense courage. He commended her as "a deeply impressive witness" who took the stand to deliver a powerful victim impact statement as part of her healing process.

"She was violated in the vilest manner in her own home," he added. "The intrusion makes this case stand out in its seriousness."

The woman read her victim impact statement, saying she was sobbing uncontrollably like a small child, "broken, terrorised, waiting for my death".

"This phantom out of the darkness, standing in front of me, demanding sex. I had no option but to fight.

"I was too weak or clumsy to defend myself, which seemed to amuse him. He started mocking me . . . How can he behave with such brutality? A woman three times his age."

She said it was more than one and half years since the rape and she felt "ashamed, naked, raw and so old, disgusted, betrayed and humiliated. There are not enough words".

"I can't stop screaming inside. My heart is bleeding with shock . . . I feel ripped open stood naked to the core of my being, reduced to nothing," the woman said.

She added she felt "gutted in the truest sense of the word".

Irish Independent

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