Friday 23 March 2018

Woman was dragged into car and taken off by sex attacker

Dundalk’s Market Square; the woman was abducted in Dundalk
Dundalk’s Market Square; the woman was abducted in Dundalk

Donal McMahon

A MAN has been sentenced to eight years in jail for the kidnap and sexual assault of a woman in a "night of horror".

Daniel Carroll (23) also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance on December 21, 2012.

The "beautiful and bright" young victim was dragged into a car in Dundalk before being driven to Newry and subjected to a terrifying sex assault.

Carroll's co-accused is Aileen Gray (27), of Ardcarn Park in Newry, who the court heard was initially driving the car during the incident.

She has pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, with charges of assault and kidnapping left on the books at the courts. She will be sentenced later.

At Newry Crown Court, Judge Kevin Finnegan said he had taken into account the impact that Carroll's actions had on his victim's future and career.

The court was told that while Carroll's offending was not considered of the highest threshold, it was still a "violent abduction of the highest order".

The defendant, of Francis Hughes Park, Belleeks in Newry, was sentenced to eight years on counts of kidnapping and false imprisonment, two years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, eight months for sexual assault, six months for driving while disqualified and a conditional discharge for no insurance. He was further disqualified for two years on each motoring offence.

Irish Independent

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