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SUPERSCUM Fury as coward who raped victim while she was 'comatose' will serve just two years

Our exclusive pictures show the 32-year-old leaving a previous court case and the pervert dressed, ironically, as comic book hero Superman

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Kieran Vige raped the woman while she was asleep in bed

Kieran Vige raped the woman while she was asleep in bed

Kieran Vige raped the woman while she was asleep in bed

This is the cowardly rapist who attacked his victim while she was “comatose” asleep — but will serve just two years in jail.

Kieran Vige launched his horrific attack on his victim after inviting her to his home, where she went to sleep in a different room.

But his sentencing has sparked outrage after a judge sentenced him to four years behind bars, but ordered only half that term would be in jail.

One woman posted on social media: “Absolutely disgraceful sentence yet again. Where is the justice in that?”

These exclusive pictures show the 32-year-old leaving a previous court case and another picture of the pervert dressed, ironically, as comic book hero Superman.

But his appalling treatment of his victim was anything but heroic after the court was told she awoke to discover Vige, of Wesley Street in Lisburn, raping her during the June 2018 incident.

Vige had put the woman through the stress of only pleading guilty at the very last second — a jury had already been sworn in and she was just about to bravely take to the witness stand.

But even after pleading guilty, Vige continued to cause distress to his victim after he told the judge at Craigavon Crown Court that he had been “pushed into pleading” guilty.

He was due to be sentenced last October but he dramatically told the judge he’d changed his mind and he wanted to stand trial instead.

Having dispensed with his legal team, including a senior QC, Judge Lynch asked him if he had “any good reason why the state should pay for a new solicitor?”

“Misconduct maybe,” claimed Vige, “I was pushed into pleading to something without the proper advice and actual time to discuss it, without time to discuss it properly and think about it.”

“Are you suggesting that you want to change your plea?” asked the judge, and Vige confirmed simply “yes” and that he was applying to be released on bail.

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But we can reveal Vige never bothered to even apply to have his guilty plea vacated, meaning all he did was prolong the anxiety for his victim for another five months.

On Tuesday Vige, who was remanded in custody after pleading guilty, appeared at the same court to finally be sentenced.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC ordered the 32-year-old to serve half his sentence in prison and the rest on licence.

The judge said his victim was “comatose at the time... and therefore unable to make any representations about what had occurred.

“The defendant had invited the injured party to his home so as a guest, she was entitled to believe that she was in a safe environment but that turned out not to be the case,” said the judge.

The jury heard that on June 29, 2018, the rapist and his victim were at a party when Vige invited her back to his house.

“She said that she was tired and he offered her the spare room, which she accepted,” said Judge Lynch, but he added that some time later “she woke to find him having intercourse with her”.

The judge said that “unusually” it was Vige himself who rang the police.

However, although he agreed “with the general circumstances” when questioned by police, he could not account as to why he was naked in the woman’s bed and nor could he explain how her DNA was found on his private parts.

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Vige at court

Vige at court

Vige at court

 

Judge Lynch said he had a victim impact report which indicated that “the consequences of his actions are still living with her” while reports compiled on Vige showed that he has a “complex mental health history” with a diagnosis of “some form of schizophrenia” coupled with a “troubled upbringing” in the care system.

In addition to the jail sentence, Vige was also made subject to a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order which among its conditions bars the pervert from staying anywhere without permission and from starting any new relationship without making verifiable disclosure of his conviction.

In addition, Vige will have to sign the police sex offenders register “for an indefinite period”.

Welcoming the sentence, Detective Constable Mallon said: “The woman in this case displayed immense courage in seeing this investigation through to a successful conclusion.

“I hope that her tenacity and resolution to bring this man to justice will encourage anyone else who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to come forward to police.

“Officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland remain committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences. We will seek to place offenders before the courts so they can be made amenable for their crimes.

“I would like to take this opportunity to assure any victims of sexual abuse that they will be treated with sensitivity and respect, and I would continue to encourage anyone who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”

But many felt the sentence did nothing to encourage women to report violent sex crimes.

One woman told social media about the sentence: “That is far too lenient and if he had mental health issues I hope he gets sorted but two years in jail is ridiculous after the lady showing such courage to see it through to the end.” And another posted: “This sentence is a complete and utter joke... absolutely no deterrent.”

steven.moore@sundayworld.com

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