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Rapist gets 10 years for attack on teen after drink and drugs binge

A 34-year-old Wicklow man has been jailed for 10 years for raping a teenager after drinking 15 pints of beer and smoking cannabis.

Robert Doyle, with an address at Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, was found guilty by a jury after a four-day trial at the Central Criminal Court last June of raping the 19-year-old woman on May 16, 1998.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Paul Carney said the court had seen other instances of outrages perpetrated following the consumption of large amounts of alcohol and cannabis.

And he warned that people should be aware that this combination could affect people's sensibilities.

The jury heard Doyle met the victim earlier that day in a pub with a mutual friend.

Doyle invited everyone back to his house for something to eat and all but the victim declined his offer.

Doyle and the girl smoked a joint and she lay down in a bed for a rest. The jury heard Doyle joined her in the bed and raped her.

Doyle told the jury she consented to sex after he asked her if she would like him to use a condom.His life-long friend said Doyle admitted to having 'lost his head' and forced himself on her.

Doyle's partner said he had confessed to being unfaithful to her and that he said it had been consensual. She cried as the jury brought in its verdict. The victim was not in court.

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