Thursday 23 November 2017

Teenage father-of-one to be sentenced for anal rape of girl (14)

The man, who is now aged 20, will be sentenced next week at the Central Criminal Court.
The man, who is now aged 20, will be sentenced next week at the Central Criminal Court.

Jessica Magee

A teenage father-of-one admitted raping a 14-year-old girl in Offaly after he arranged to give her some hash in exchange for a kiss, a court has heard.

The man, who is now aged 20, will be sentenced next week at the Central Criminal Court. He pleaded guilty to anally raping the girl at the back of a sports club on November 10, 2013.

The court heard the man arranged by phone to meet the girl at a “quiet place, where nobody would see them”.

Sergeant Simon Murphy told Padraig Hogan BL, prosecuting, that one of the girl's friends told her to phone the accused.

This friend asked her to pretend to be somebody else on the phone and ask for one ounce of hash on “tip”, or on credit. The girl did so and arranged to pay the following week.

The accused said he would give her the hash if she would “meet up” with him, by which she understood to mean “kiss”.

Her friend told her a kiss was “nothing” and that she should go ahead and meet him to get the hash.

The girl told gardaí later that she met the accused at the back of a sports club and he put his hands around her hips and was gentle at first.

She said he then put his hands down her bra and down her trousers although she kept saying “no”.

He said, “Don't be sly, I have your half-ounce in my pocket,” and kept trying to turn her around to face the wall.

The girl said he raped her anally. She told him to stop and that it was very sore, but he replied, “Ah it won't kill you.”

Afterwards he asked if she would have the money for the hash the following week, and she said yes.

The girl told her teacher the following day and a complaint was lodged. DNA samples of the accused were found in her rectum and underwear.

In a victim impact statement, the court heard the girl is afraid to leave the house by herself and has lost her confidence. She is depressed and lashing out at her family it stated.

The court heard she was very worried and stressed when she was getting calls from the accused about not going ahead with the complaint, and was afraid he was going to “go after her”.

She had to be examined for the possibility of STDs for a number of months.

The man has ten previous minor convictions, mostly traffic offences. Colm Smyth SC, defending, apologised to the victim on his client’s behalf, whom he said is greatly ashamed of himself.

The court heard the man’s wife had not been aware of the full facts until recently.

Mr Justice Paul Carney declared the accused a sex offender and remanded him in custody for sentencing next Monday, July 28. 

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