Wednesday 24 July 2019

Sex offender Nevin is jailed for 12 years

A serial sex offender who attacked three women in the space of eleven days after meeting them through Tinder has been jailed for 12 years.

Patrick Nevin (37) attacked the women during their first meeting after they had been texting each other on the Tinder dating app and over the mobile phone.

A Probation Service report noted that Nevin had a preoccupation with sex and used sex as an emotional coping mechanism. It also stated he had an hostility towards women and placed him at a high risk of re-offending.

Last June Nevin pleaded guilty to raping one woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath on July 12, 2014 and to sexual assault four days later of a second woman at an unknown place in Co Meath.

The father-of-two had been due to stand trial but changed his pleas to guilty following a legal ruling, which would allow the prosecution to introduce evidence from the other women describing sexual assault by Nevin on a first date.

His lawyers had challenged the admissibility of this "conduct evidence" but Ms Justice Eileen Creedon ruled in favour of the State. Last November she adjourned sentencing to allow time for a Probation Service assessment to be carried out.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Nevin, previously of Meadowlands Court, Mounttown Road, Dún Laoghaire and Dundalk, Co Louth, met both women on Tinder.

The computer programmer is already serving a five and a half year sentence imposed last year for the sexual assault of a Brazilian woman he met on Tinder. This offence took place at the UCD campus on July 23, 2014, only weeks after she arrived in Dublin.

Drogheda Independent