Tuesday 16 July 2019

Tinder rapist Patrick Nevin jailed for 12 years for string of sex attacks

Computer programmer raped one woman and four days later subjected a second to a prolonged sexual assault

Patrick Nevin
Patrick Nevin
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

TINDER rapist Patrick Nevin has been jailed for 12 years for carrying out “predatory, premeditated” sex attacks on women he met on the dating app.

Nevin (37) had the sentence handed down at the Central Criminal Court today.

The computer programmer raped one woman and four days later subjected a second to a prolonged sexual assault in his parked BMW, after driving them down secluded “country lanes” in Co Meath.

He had pleaded guilty last year to the rape of a woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath on July 12, 2014.

Patrick Nevin
Patrick Nevin

He further admitted sexually assaulting a second victim at an unknown place in Co Meath on July 16 that year.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon passed sentence this morning, saying "engaging in dating apps is not an invitation to rape and sexual assault."

She jailed Nevin for 14 years on the rape charge, with two years suspended for two years.

He was given a concurrent eight years for the sexual assault and the sentences were backdated to 2015.

Nevin, a former UCD student with a most recent address at Meadowlands Court, Dún Laoghaire was previously given a five and a half year sentence for the July 23, 2014 sexual assault of a Brazilian woman he also met on Tinder.

All three attacks took place within the space of 11 days.

The court heard after Nevin got in touch with the first victim (26) on the app, she made it clear that she was not interested in "hooking up" or having a one-night stand.

Nevin collected her and drove towards Julianstown, stopping at a cemetery. There was some consensual sexual activity but Nevin then raped her. At one point, he told her: "don’t worry, I’m not going to kill you here."

Afterwards, he handed her tissues to clean up and drove her home. She asked him why he had done what he did, and he told her he "got carried way" because he "found her attractive".

Nevin picked the second victim (27) up from her home and drove into Co Meath, stopping near a graveyard where they kissed consensually.

Patrick Nevin
Photo: Collins Courts
Patrick Nevin Photo: Collins Courts

He then repeatedly sexually assaulted her over a prolonged period while she told him "no" and "stop".

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".

The woman got out of the car and Nevin followed her. His mood had changed, she got back into the car and he assaulted her a second time.

Nevin made an audio recording of this assault.

During both attacks, Nevin mentioned the IRA.

The first victim had told how "terrified" she was during the attack.

"After he raped me I was convinced he was going to leave me for dead in that area", she said.

"I had images running through my head of how he was going to kill me."

The second victim also said she feared she would be killed and spoke of the embarrassment of being recorded by him.

She had been anxious and too embarrassed to tell anyone why she was "so stressed and angry."

Nevin was interviewed in relation to the rape in September 2014, when he told gardaí he had "thousands of matches" on Tinder and had met up with "hundreds of women".

Ms Justice Creedon noted a psychological assessment of Nevin cited "hostility towards women," "general social rejection," a preoccupation with sex and using sex as an "emotional coping mechanism."

It was clear the rape was callous and pre-meditated, she said. It happened in a remote area, increasing the victim’s vulnerability. It was degrading, Nevin spat on the victim, and had chosen her on Tinder for his own gratification the judge said.

The fact the "cold pursuit" of the women happened within a short period of time showed a "remorseless attitude."

The second offence was a "predatory, premeditated, callous assault" in which he "tricked" the victim back into the car after she got out, then persisted in assaulting her even after she suffered a panic attack.

As well as the sentence for the third Tinder attack, Nevin was jailed in 2001 for seven years for a serious assault on his then-partner in which he also killed her two dogs.

In 2012, he was given a suspended four-year sentence for possession of a stun gun and the 2014 offences happened during that suspension period.

The judge said there was "very little by way of mitigation" for Nevin.

"Engaging in dating apps is not an invitation to rape and sexual assault," she said.

A probation report noted Nevin had been co-operative, accepted responsibility for the offences and agreed he had subjected the victims to "the most horrendous ordeal for his own gratification."

Evidence was also given that the circumstances gardai were told of the previous stun gun incident were "very different" to the account he gave the probation service.

Garda Hannah Carey said Nevin had thrown a stun gun out his car window as she tried to stop him driving in south Dublin on September 12, 2010.

He told gardai he got it from a friend but told the probation service his employer gave to to him while he worked as a Chinese takeaway delivery driver.

Defence barrister Patrick McGrath SC said Nevin had not wanted to implicate his employer.

Nevin is to undergo five years of post-release supervision, on condition he refrains from personal contacts through the internet and dating sites.

The accused, dressed in a light grey shirt with a black tie and dark trousers did not react when the sentence was handed down and nodded towards his lawyers as he left the courtroom.

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