Sunday 21 January 2018

Girl (13) was given drink before rape

A MAN has been sentenced to eight years for raping a 13-year-old girl in a bathroom after giving her alcohol.

The Central Criminal Court heard the then 21-year-old man forced himself on the girl and took her virginity after forcing his way into the bathroom when she was going to the toilet at a social gathering.

The victim told the court that she suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression since the ordeal.

The man, who is now 25 and cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to rape on an unknown date in May 2008. He was convicted of the offence in February.

Mr Justice Paul Carney suspended the final 12 months of the sentence having considered the man's lack of "previous convictions".

He also imposed 18 months' post-release supervision.

Irish Independent

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