Rapist jailed for four years and nine months
A man who raped a woman in county Limerick two years ago has been jailed for four years and nine months.
The 35-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the female in a house in Limerick on August 28, 2012.
The court heard that the incident took place at a very small gathering in the woman’s friend’s house in the early hours of the morning.
Detective Garda Patrick Hogan told the court that the woman was 28 years old at the time of the incident. He told Patrick Gageby SC, prosecuting, that the accused was unknown to the complainant.
Det Gda Hogan said the gathering consisted of the complainant, her friend, the accused and another man.
A large amount of alcohol was brought to the house, the court heard.
The woman didn’t know the accused and asked her friend if he was ok to share the room with while they slept on couches. The woman was assured he wasn’t going to do anything to her, the court heard
She went to sleep and was woken at 5.30am in the morning with the man on top having sex with her.
The court heard she was initially confused and tried to push him off.
She continued to be firm and protested but he carried on raping her, the court was told. The victim texted her friend who was sleeping upstairs and at that stage the man began apologising to her.
The man then left and the matter was brought to the attention of gardaí while she was taken to a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit.
The man handed himself into gardaí and was interviewed. He answered every question put to him but said that he couldn’t remember doing anything wrong as he had consumed a large amount of drink.
He later admitted that he groped her intimately while she was asleep.
The woman’s victim impact statement was read to the court by Mr Gageby. She said she was “a bubbly, outgoing girl” but her life has been turned upside down since that night.
She recounted that she tried to end her own life and was in counselling since. She said she is a completely different person now and suffers from severe depression, anxiety and lack of trust in people. The man has four previous convictions and has no partner or children.
Det Gda Hogan told Anthony Sammon SC defending that the victim said in a statement that the rapist “was apologising left right and centre”.
He agreed his failure to confess at the very outset was because he was disgusted with himself and came from a family with high standards.
Suspending two years and three months of a seven year sentence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said mitigating factors included the man’s early guilty plea and genuine remorse, as well as delays to the case that would have been stressful for the man.
But he said that the victim’s trust had been “roundly and significantly abused” and that the psychological affect to her may last much longer than his sentence.