Monday 16 September 2019

'Using Tinder is not consent,' says judge as he jails serial sex offender

Convicted: Patrick Nevin had boasted to gardaí that he has ‘thousands of matches’ on Tinder and had met up with ‘hundreds of women’
Convicted: Patrick Nevin had boasted to gardaí that he has ‘thousands of matches’ on Tinder and had met up with ‘hundreds of women’
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A serial sex offender who sexually assaulted a Brazilian woman he met on Tinder has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Patrick Nevin (37) has been ordered not to use the internet or any dating apps to meet anyone for two years after he is released.

Nevin has also been registered as a sex offender.

Imposing the sentence, Judge Cormac Quinn noted that "contact on Tinder" was not "consent in any way".

Nevin did not react when the verdict was read out.

Last November, Nevin was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of sexually assaulting a young Brazilian woman at UCD on July 23, 2014.

He continues to proclaim his innocence, a court previously heard.

In June 2018, Nevin admitted to raping a woman on July 12, 2014 and to sexually assaulting a second woman on July 16, 2014. He will be sentenced on those matters in December.

The three attacks took place in the space of 11 days. All involved Nevin meeting the women on Tinder and then picking them up at their home in his BMW.

The court previously heard that Nevin had boasted to gardaí he had "thousands of matches" on Tinder and had met up with "hundreds of women".

Sentencing Nevin for the UCD sexual assault yesterday, Judge Quinn said the evidence was that Nevin forcibly kissed the victim and in her words "turned into a monster".

He pulled down her dress and exposed her breast. There was a struggle and the victim's elbow made contact with Nevin's face. He punched her.

When imposing a sentence, Judge Quinn said the aggravating factors were that the victim was a vulnerable young lady who had very little English. Nevin took her to a secluded place at UCD where he sexually assaulted her and abandoned her.

He had also used force, with the judge noting that Nevin was a "well built man" while the victim was of "petite build".

Nevin had eight previous convictions, the court heard, and had received a seven-year sentence in 2001 for a serious assault on his then partner and for killing their two dogs.

Judge Quinn said the mitigating factors were the defendant's age and personal circumstances, and he had previously used his time in custody to complete a degree.

Judge Quinn noted Nevin was in the Midlands Prison, and a governor's report said he had enhanced privileges and worked in the computer shop.

Judge Quinn imposed a five-and-a-half year sentence, backdated to when Nevin went into custody in September 2014.

The judge also ordered two years post-release supervision, saying that Nevin was not to use the internet or any electronic device to make contact with persons unknown to him.

The victim, now aged 36, told the court on Friday that it had been very hard for her to travel back to Dublin for the trial last year and to see her attacker.

She said she felt "the same fear I felt that day when he became a monster in front of me".

Reading from her victim impact statement, she said: "Initially I blamed myself for everything that happened.

"I'm afraid of people's judgment about how I am, especially when it comes to men."

The woman said she struggles to still believe that men can be kind and hates seeing a blue BMW as it reminds her of the attack.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News