Six year sentence for rape

A man from County Meath who raped a Donegal woman in her home the day after he met her was jailed for six years at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

A man from County Meath who raped a Donegal woman in her home the day after he met her was jailed for six years at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Passing sentence, Justice Paul Carney said the crime carried out by the 42-year-old against his 26-year-old victim also contained an “element of stalking” after he “insinuated” himself into her house.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge that occurred on May 15, 2010.

Judge Carney handed down a nine year sentence but suspended the last three years due to the defendants previous good record and guilty plea.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

The court had heard the defendant met the then 26-year-old woman the previous night after he joined a group she was in who were drinking in a hotel.

The next day he arrived at her home and invited himself in and short time later attempted to kiss her.

She pushed him away but he kissed her again, more aggressively and she bit his tongue causing him to bleed.

He grabbed her before she banged her head off the wall in the resulting struggle.

She then grabbed a nearby photo frame and hit the defendant with it twice on the head, again causing him to bleed.

When the accused was finished he wiped the blood from his face and told the woman not to tell the gardai and left his bloodied shirt behind.

Gardai viewed CCTV footage at the hotel where they first met and arrested him.

The victim was examined and bruising to both her elbows and knee caps consistent with the struggle.

In a victim impact statement she stated she had always been “outgoing, independent and very trusting” but added “he came to my home, took advantage of my trusting nature and raped me”.

She said her personality has since changed and she now “has a short fuse, is irritable and easily upset”.