A London man has been given a nine year sentence for the violent rape of a young foreign student he shared a house with in Donegal.
Mark McAnaw (40) of Harrow View, Harrow, Middlesex denied the charges initially and claimed that he had simply hugged and comforted the 19-year-old student.
He later told the jury during his 10-day trial at the Central Criminal Court that the girl had instigated sex and led him to her bedroom.
He has three previous convictions for public order in Ireland and a number of convictions from England which included a 1989 conviction for kidnapping for which he received the equivalent of the Probation Act.
He was convicted unanimously by the jury last month of oral raping the girl and sexually assaulting her on October 30, 2010.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy described it as an “out of the blue attack on a totally innocent victim.”
Garda Helena McTiernan told Patricia McLaughlin BL, prosecuting (with Bernard Condon SC) that the teenager was so terrified during the course of the ordeal that she urinated on herself and vomited. She fought McAnaw and the subsequent struggle between them was so violent that a radiator was pulled off her bedroom wall.
She later told gardai she was “afraid for her life” and McAnaw covered her mouth with his hand. She asked him if he was going to kill her and he replied: “If you are a good girl, I won’t kill you”.
Before handing out the nine year sentence, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said it was a case of “great seriousness”.
He described it as an attack on a young foreign girl which lasted a considerable period of time and said the extent of violence was “very significant.”
He added: “She was visiting this country as a young student and so she was more vulnerable. She was alone in Ireland and this is a serious factor.”
McAnaw’s counsel asked Mr Justice McCarthy to consider suspending part of the sentence but he was refused.
Full story in Tuesday’s Donegal Democrat and People’s Press.