Friday 23 March 2018

Rapist attacked woman just hours after release

Criminal was under garda surveillance

Niamh O'Donoghue and Edel O'Connell

A CONVICTED rapist attacked a woman just 14 hours after he was released from jail and while he was under garda surveillance.

Trevor Byrne attacked three women during the past 18 years despite only being out of jail for hours during that time. He will be sentenced next month.

Byrne (32), of O'Devanny Gardens off the North Circular Road, Dublin, attacked and attempted to rob a 24-year-old French woman after he followed her and forced his way into her home.

He pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of Noemie Krey at Leo Street, Phibsborough, Dublin, on September 15, 2009. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary at the same address on the same date.

Byrne was under garda surveillance following his release from prison 14 hours previously when he attempted the robbery, the Circuit Criminal Court heard.

He had just completed a five-year sentence for attacking another woman. That attack came just 36 hours after he had finished a 15-year sentence for raping a third woman.

In the latest incident, Byrne followed Ms Krey home in the early hours of the morning and forced his way into her house. A garda watching him saw him enter the victim's house but he "did not know the context of him entering the house". He later "saw him running away".


Byrne forced her upstairs but fled when she managed to wake one of her flatmates. Garda Ronan Hobbs told James Dwyer, prosecuting, that Ms Krey, had been out at a social gathering and was walking home when she saw someone in a red hoodie top walking toward her but thought nothing of it.

She called her friend to tell her she had reached her home. She had her phone in her right hand and the key of the house in her left when she saw the same individual.

Ms Krey asked him what he wanted but he grabbed her phone and hit her on the side of the face with it. He told her to open the door and followed her inside demanding money.

Ms Krey said she told Byrne she had to get money from the bedroom where her flatmate was sleeping. As she walked upstairs, Byrne walked beside her and grabbed her.

She knocked on the door, which made Byrne angry because he realised she would not have to do so if it was her own bedroom. Byrne vanished from the scene when her flatmate came out of the bedroom.

He was arrested the next day and interviewed at Mountjoy garda station. He denied contact with Ms Krey, denied entering her home, and would not participate in an identity parade.

Ms Krey returned to Dublin from France on her 24th birthday yesterday, and told the court she had suffered nightmares since the incident.

"I will always be connected in some way with Trevor Byrne's life. I just hope that nobody else has to go through what I had to -- it's horrible," she said.

When that attack occurred, Byrne had just finished a five-year sentence for attacking a woman from the Philippines in September 2005. He also threatened to kill her in the attack that came 36 hours after his release from a 15-year sentence for raping an 18-year-old woman in November of 1993.

Judge Patricia Ryan remanded Byrne in custody and is to sentence him in March.

Irish Independent

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