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'Devastating' Tinder rapist has 'lenient' 12-year prison term extended

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Patrick Nevin had previous convictions. Photo: Collins Courts

Patrick Nevin had previous convictions. Photo: Collins Courts

Patrick Nevin had previous convictions. Photo: Collins Courts

Tinder rapist and serial sex offender Patrick Nevin has had his 12-year jail term increased by two-and-a-half years, after the State appealed the undue leniency of his sentence.

The Court of Appeal described the impact on each of his victims as 'nothing short of devastating'.

The now 38-year-old attacked three women he met on Tinder during their first meetings in the space of 11 days in July 2014.

The sentencing court for two of these attacks heard he had a preoccupation with sex and hostility towards women; he was at a high risk of re-offending.

The computer programmer had pleaded guilty to raping one woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath, that July 12, and to sexual assault four days later of a second woman at an unknown place in Co Meath.

The father-of-two, previously of Meadowlands Court, Mounttown Road, Dún Laoghaire and Dundalk, Co Louth, had been due to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court. However, he changed his pleas to guilty following a legal ruling, which would allow the prosecution to introduce evidence from the third woman describing sexual assault by Nevin on a first date.

Justice Eileen Creedon imposed a 14-year sentence on the rape charge and an eight-year sentence on the sexual assault charge. Both were to run concurrently, with the final two years suspended.

The rapist had already been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for the sexual assault of his third Tinder victim at the UCD campus on July 23 that year. Nevin appealed that conviction, but subsequently withdrew it.

Cathleen Noctor SC on Thursday appealed the undue leniency of the 14-year sentence for the other cases on behalf of the DPP.

She submitted to the Court of Appeal that the judge had erred in failing to identify an appropriate starting point at a significantly higher level than the 15 years she set before considering mitigation.

Ms Noctor said the judge had not considered a number of aggravating factors.

These included that there was a campaign of offences just days apart, his tricking the victims into positions of vulnerability by driving them in his car to remote locations, the fact that he had carried out the attacks while under a suspended sentence for possession of a firearm and his premeditation.

Another aggravating factor not reflected in the sentence, she said, was his previous convictions for causing serious harm and threatening to kill a female, for which he had been sentenced to seven years.

"This clearly brings this offence well into the category of between 15 years and life," she submitted.

Irish Independent