Friday 20 September 2019

Tinder rapist boasted he'd met 'hundreds of women' on dating site

Serial sex offender apologises to victims in court

The Central Criminal Court (stock photo)
The Central Criminal Court (stock photo)
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A serial sex offender who attacked three women he met on Tinder boasted to gardaí he had met up with "hundreds of women" on the dating app.

Patrick Nevin (37) told one of his victims she was a "mickey tease" while he said to a second that he "found her attractive and had got carried away".

Yesterday, Nevin apologised to the women and expressed his remorse for his actions.

The defendant had pleaded guilty in June to the rape of a woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath, on July 12, 2014.

He further admitted to sexually assaulting a second woman at an unknown place in Co Meath on July 16, 2014.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon adjourned sentencing on these two attacks until December 17.

Nevin is also due to be sentenced on Friday for the sexual assault of a Brazilian woman at UCD on July 23, 2014.

The defendant met all the women through Tinder and the three attacks took place within 11 days.

The Central Criminal Court was told Nevin was an active participant on Tinder in July 2014.

Sergeant Mark Buckley told Alex Owens SC, prosecuting, that on July 12, Nevin got in touch with a woman on Tinder and they later exchanged messages on WhatsApp.

Sgt Buckley said the victim made it clear to Nevin that she was not interested in "hooking up" or having a one-night stand.

He said Nevin collected the woman and drove towards Julianstown, later stopping at Kilsharvan cemetery.

There was some consensual sexual activity but Nevin then raped her. Afterwards, he handed her tissues to clean up.

Sgt Buckley said Nevin then drove the woman home. She asked him why he'd done what he did, and he told her he "got carried way" because he "found her attractive".

Sgt Buckley said Nevin was interviewed in relation to the rape in September 2014.

He claimed the sex was consensual and told gardaí he had "thousands of matches" on Tinder and had met up with "hundreds of women".

The second incident followed a similar pattern.

Sergeant Selina Proudfoot said Nevin picked the woman up from her home and drove into Co Meath.

He stopped the car near a graveyard where they kissed consensually.

He then repeatedly sexually assaulted her over a prolonged period of time.

Sgt Proudfoot said the victim repeatedly told Nevin "no" and "stop".

She said Nevin became angry, calling the woman a "c***" and a "mickey tease". He told her that if she wasn't going to have sex with him she could "get out and walk".

Sgt Proudfoot said the woman got out of the car and started walking.

Nevin followed her and stopped the car. His mood had changed, he was really nice, so she got back into the car because she did not know where she was.

He then assaulted her a second time.

Nevin recorded their conversation and Sgt Proudfoot read a transcript to the court. He repeatedly called the woman names and accused her of being a tease.

Defence counsel Patrick McGrath SC said Nevin, with a most recent address at Meadowlands Court in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, had a difficult upbringing. He had no contact with his mother but had the support of his father.

Irish Independent

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