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Evil pervert Paedo who raped partner's sister told to stop shouting as he demands new legal team

John Giltrap, from Termonbarry, Co Wexford, was sentenced to 11 years last year after being convicted of repeatedly raping Caroline Kavanagh when she was aged 10 to 15

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John Giltrap

John Giltrap

John Giltrap

A paedophile who repeatedly raped his partner's sister will have to wait another month to see if his appeal against his conviction has been successful after a court hearing where he shouted and said he wanted to change his legal team.

John Giltrap, from Termonbarry, Hospital Hill, Bunclody, Co Wexford, was sentenced to 11 years behind bars last year after being convicted of repeatedly raping Caroline Kavanagh from 1978 to 1984 when she was aged 10 to 15.

In December, Caroline waved her right to anonymity in an interview with the Sunday World following his appeal hearing as she wanted other victims of abuse to know they can get justice.

The Court of Appeal held a remote hearing via video link last Tuesday week to say they had reached a judgement in the appeal but wanted to wait until Giltrap was present in court to deliver it to him.

Giltrap was animated during the hearing and said he wanted to change his legal team.

He also raised his voice and was told to stop shouting at one stage.

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Caroline Kavanagh was repeatedly raped as a child by John Giltrap

Caroline Kavanagh was repeatedly raped as a child by John Giltrap

Caroline Kavanagh was repeatedly raped as a child by John Giltrap

The three-judge court told Giltrap they had reached a decision in the appeal hearing but adjourned the case until January 27 so Giltrap could be given the judgement in person.

Caroline told the Sunday World that she's happy she can now be named and publicly highlight how victims can get justice.

"It's great that I can be named now. It was terrible not being able to be named before. I wanted to show that I stood up to him and show other victims of abuse that there is a way forward and they can be believed even if they didn't report it at the time to anyone. "

Caroline said Giltrap never expressed any remorse for the horrific abuse.

While he was convicted on 20 counts of rape, Caroline said he subjected her to many more rapes over the period, saying it was sometimes a daily occurrence.

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Giltrap cried when he appeared in court earlier in December.

"He has no remorse at all. He cried tears of self-pity because he wants to go home," Caroline said.

When Giltrap was convicted last year, it was the third time the case had been heard after one trial ended with a hung jury and another was declared a mistrial.

Caroline said had Giltrap admitted what he had done and said sorry before putting her through the ordeal of three trials, she would have asked the judge to be lenient on him.

"If he pleaded guilty at the start, I wouldn't have pushed for any custodial sentence but he didn't want to do that. He doesn't care."

She said the ordeal of going through three trials was arduous but in the end it was worth it.

"It was very tough and there was times I was swaying and thinking maybe I should stop, but I told myself no I'm going to keep going.

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