SEX BEAST Badoo rapist Martin Sherlock pictured back on the streets after serving five years
Sherlock told gardai: "I know she said no, but we had already started"
Sex attacker Martin Sherlock walked free from prison this week after serving his five-year sentence for raping a woman he met through dating app Badoo.
But the former computer analyst had nothing to say when approached by the Sunday World as he enjoyed his new-found freedom.
Instead, Sherlock, who had lost an appeal against his conviction, walked away without saying a word.
The last time he was approached by the Sunday World, before being sentenced, he had said: "I just don't want to say anything, I shouldn't really. I can't really."
He then threatened to call gardai because our photographer was taking pictures, saying: "He can't take photos like that. He can't do that."
The 34-year-old had pleaded not guilty during his four-day trial in 2018 at the Central Criminal Court during which his victim took the stand to give evidence.
The then 27-year-old woman said she agreed to meet Sherlock in August 2015 when he said it was just for a chat.
She said when he arrived at her Dublin home, she told him that they couldn't have sex because he had no condom.
They started kissing and touching in the bedroom, but then she started to feel strange when they had oral sex on her bed.
They also then had sex until she became sore and uncomfortable and began repeating "no" and "stop".
The woman said Sherlock didn't listen, even after she told him that he should go, and he carried on until he ejaculated.
She said she hadn't wanted to perform oral sex with him while on her bed, but she let it happen.
Sherlock refused her request to go to a doctor with her for the morning-after pill, saying he had no money.
On his way out, Sherlock went back upstairs to get his phone charger and took her phone as well.
When she discovered it was missing, she dialled the number from her house phone. It rang twice but then became unreachable.
Shortly after the incident the woman went on to the Badoo website but found Sherlock's account had been deleted.
She called a friend who advised her to contact gardai.
At the trial the prosecuting counsel said the key issue in the case was that the victim had said no to sex without a condom.
The woman said she thought Badoo was "a way to meet boys", but she did not know how to talk to them and said they just wanted sex after meeting.
Gardai were later able to identify Sherlock as a suspect and set up a sting operation to buy a phone he advertised for sale online.
He told gardai: "I know she said no, but we had already started."
In her victim impact statement, the woman told how the rape had affected her life.
She said she wondered if she had ruined Sherlock's life by reporting the offence but could not believe what she heard in his statements in court and was now glad she had reported it.
The woman said she felt "so stupid and such an idiot" when she found out he had been living with a girlfriend.
She said she had been asked to source her medical records in relation to her mental health which she found difficult, and was offended that it mattered to the case.
At the sentence hearing Judge Patrick McCarthy noted that the woman had previously been diagnosed with a mental illness and had stated in her victim impact report that she kept telling herself she had "been an idiot".
"This couldn't be further from the truth. She trusted someone and he abused her trust," the judge said.
He said while Sherlock was entitled to have a trial he had lost "the single most significant factor" in terms of mitigation, a plea of guilty.
His defence counsel said Sherlock was "profoundly sorry" for the events and wished to apologise to the woman. The effect of the publicity around the case had been devastating for him.
Sherlock's mother wrote to the court saying her son was a "caring, kind and generous" young man and she was immensely proud of him.
She said she knew "the real Martin" and had concerns for how he would cope in prison.
Sherlock's fiancée also said she had known him since 2011 and he had contributed to their relationship "in every way a partner should".
She outlined how Sherlock had assisted her when she was seriously ill. She said she had been "utterly shocked" when she found out about the case and they had to cancel their wedding plans.
She described Sherlock as a "caring, kind, generous and shy man" who had never been in trouble before and she had no doubt he would not re-offend.
In July 2019 Sherlock lost an appeal against his conviction which had been brought on the grounds that the jury was not warned by the judge that Sherlock was of previous "good character."
The Court of Appeal held that there is no mandatory requirement in Ireland for judges to warn juries about a person's previous good character.
His lawyers argued that a "good character" warning should be given to juries in all cases where an accused is of good character or has no previous convictions.
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