Tuesday 11 December 2018

'Tinder rapist wrecked my dream of learning English'

‘Monster’: Patrick Nevin was guilty of three attacks on women after meeting them on the Tinder dating app. Photo: Collins
‘Monster’: Patrick Nevin was guilty of three attacks on women after meeting them on the Tinder dating app. Photo: Collins

Declan Brennan

A Brazilian student has described how an attack by a serial sex offender she met on dating app Tinder destroyed her dream of learning English here.

Patrick Nevin (37) was convicted last December of sexually assaulting the Brazilian student, whom he had met for a first date after they contacted each other via Tinder in July 2014.

Last June, Nevin pleaded guilty to raping a second woman and sexually assaulting a third victim. These attacks also took place in July 2014 and involved Nevin meeting the women on Tinder and then picking them up at their home in his car.

Nevin, with former addresses at Mounttown, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, and Castlebellingham, Co Louth, then drove the women to secluded locations and attacked them.

After a trial in late 2017 a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court found him guilty of sexually assaulting the Brazilian woman on the UCD campus in south Dublin on July 23, 2014. His lawyers told the court yesterday morning, that Nevin continues to deny the charge.

Tearful

The Brazilian woman (36) told the court it had been very hard for her to travel back to Ireland for the trial last year and to see her attacker.

Becoming tearful at times and flanked by the investigating garda, the woman said when the jury returned a guilty verdict, she felt a freedom she hadn't felt for a long time.

She said the attack forced her to change her plans to learn English here and she was only able to find work as a cleaner. She worked alone most of the time so the only words she learned were related to cleaning.

She said she still dreamt of returning to Ireland to live.

Patrick McGrath SC, defending, told the court his client did not accept the verdict of the jury.

Judge Cormac Quinn adjourned sentence to next Tuesday. Nevin is due to be sentenced in another court next December for the rape offence and the other assault.

The woman told the trial she thought he was taking her for a coffee when he picked her up in his car. She said he drove her to a secluded field on the UCD campus and his demeanour changed completely and he became like a "monster".

She said he attacked her and she was in fear of her life.

After deliberating for around 90 minutes, the jury of six men and six women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty on the single count.

After the jury left the court room, Nevin told his lawyers: "I don't accept that verdict."

The woman said she had come to Ireland to learn English and had arrived the previous month. She said she was using Tinder as a way of meeting people and practising speaking English.

After some weeks of communicating with the accused on the Tinder and on Whatsapp, she arranged to meet him.

Irish Independent

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