Man who raped ex-partner jailed

A Donegal man who raped his ex-partner in front of their infant child has been sentenced to six years in prison.

A Donegal man who raped his ex-partner in front of their infant child has been sentenced to six years in prison.

During the attack the man tried to rape the woman seven times before succeeding.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape of the woman at his home on February 26, 2010. He has several previous convictions including theft, assault and burglary.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said he had taken into account the nature of the offence and the “courageous and hopeful note on which the woman concluded her victim impact report.”

He noted that the man is now in a new relationship and is expecting a child with his partner who seems to be having an extremely positive influence on him.

Mr Justice Sheehan said he had taken into account the man’s plea of guilty, his remorse and apology.

He said his personal involvement with his daughter’s upbringing, prior to the offence, was commendable and added that being registered a sex offender is a very real punishment which will impact on his life once he is out of prison.

He suspended the final two years of the sentence but added that the man “still has a way to go to really understand the impact this offence has had on his first family”.

For more see our Thursday edition of the Donegal Democrat.