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local anger Protestors chant 'rapist out' after predator Joseph Cummins returns to Nenagh

Chants of ‘Rapist Out’ could be heard ringing out for over an hour in a protest that locals say will be repeated each evening until Cummins is moved.


THE FAMILY of a 75-year-old grandmother, raped by twisted predator Joseph Cummins, has backed protests calling for him to be tagged or moved away from Nenagh following his release from prison.

A large number of protestors gathered outside a property in the town where Cummins is believed to be staying on Sunday evening.

Chants of ‘Rapist Out’ could be heard ringing out for over an hour in a protest that locals say will be repeated each evening until Cummins is moved.

Speaking with the Sunday World a granddaughter of Cummins' victim told us: “We are planning on being there every evening until something is done.

“Either he leaves or have more supervision is put in place for him.

“My family and the whole town are supporting the protests.

“We even have an online petition going to get him out or have him tagged so people can feel safe and let their kids back out to play.”

Rapist Joseph Cummins exited prison on New Year’s Eve a free man after doing just 13 years inside for the rape of a 75-year-old grandmother.

He was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of raping and anally raping the pensioner in May 2005.

The Sunday World confronted the vile predator as he walked out the gates of the Midlands Prison.

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Joseph Cummins (left)

Joseph Cummins (left)

Joseph Cummins (left)

Asked whether he would like to express remorse to the family of his pensioner victim, who passed away four years ago, Nenagh native Cummins angrily declined.

“Why the f**k would I say sorry to you about it?” He responded.

“I didn’t do nothing to you.

“I’ve nothing to say to you about it.”

Twisted Cummins (33) then turned his back on our reporter before making his way on foot to a bus stop and then on to Tipperary.

A grand-daughter of Cummins’ victim told the Sunday World she wasn’t surprised at the rapist’s apparent lack of remorse.

“My grandmother survived what he did to her that night when he broke into her house and did what he did.

“She was a strong woman who somehow managed to go on with things.

“She passed away four years ago.

“I don’t think she wanted to be here on earth the day he got released.

Details of the savage ordeal Cummins inflicted on his 75-year-old victim, when they emerged during his trial in January of 2007, marked him out as one of Ireland’s most depraved sex offenders.

Cummins, then 20-years-of age, was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of raping and anally raping the pensioner in May 2005.

He was also convicted of burglary of her home but was found not guilty by direction of the court of threatening to kill her on the same occasion.

In her victim impact statement, the pensioner spoke of the horrific ordeal Cummins subjected her to and the degradation she felt in the aftermath of his crimes.

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Joseph Cummins made threats to victim’s family as he was being led away from court

Joseph Cummins made threats to victim’s family as he was being led away from court

Joseph Cummins made threats to victim’s family as he was being led away from court

"The reason my life suddenly changed completely was that on May 22nd, 2005 in the early hours of the morning a man broke into my house where he raped me and robbed me in my living room.

"It was a vicious attack which has completely changed my life. I never felt afraid in my own house and I never thought anything like this would ever happen to me.

"Something like this should never happen to me or to anybody else. I was in poor health at the time. This incident seriously affected me in many ways.

"During this attack I was terrified for my safety. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. I never even had a reason to call the gardaí."

The woman recounted how she had been brought to Waterford hospital after the attack and examined there by a doctor.

"This was all very embarrassing and humiliating for me. I was in a total state of shock and fear. I have been going for counselling on a regular basis since this happened.

“My family also have to go for counselling.

"Not only has this affected me, it has affected my whole family. All our lives have been turned upside down."

The victim said that after the attack she never returned to her old house, even to visit it, and moved home.

"Shortly after the attack we brought the armchair that I was raped in to [one of] my daughter's house.

“My daughters made up a life-size dummy and put it in the armchair. They then set fire to the armchair. I kept wishing that it was the man that did this to me was in the chair going up in flames.

“I can't sleep at night and I am having terrible nightmares that he is going to come back again.

“The night this attack happened to me … I had a box of sleeping tablets in my hand which I picked up from somewhere.

“I sat there thinking to myself would I be better off taking them and for my family to find me dead rather than me having to tell them what had happened to me and for them having to go through all this.

"I never told my family exactly what had happened to me on the night of the attack and they only heard the full details on the day I gave my evidence in court. That was very hard for both me and my family.

"All I want to do now is to put all this behind me, if I can, and put my life back together and live out the rest of my life as best I can.

Sentencing judge Mr. Justice Paul Carney was told by the victim's daughter and granddaughter that when he was being led out of court in Limerick after his conviction, Cummins turned to them saying: "This is not over yet."

They said he then thumped the jury box as he passed it while prison officers used an envelope to shield his eyes to stop him from staring at the victim and her family.

Timothy O'Leary, defending, said Cummins came from a disadvantaged background and was diagnosed in childhood as suffering from attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

He had come to the attention of the Garda at an early stage and most of his previous convictions involved cars, but he had none before this for crimes of a sexual nature.

Mr. O'Leary said Cummins was 18 at the time of the offence and while the court might take "a dim and serious view" of the crimes, he asked that he be left with some light at the end of the tunnel.

Mr. Justice Carney said the threat by Cummins to his victim’s family led him to consider imposing a life sentence and he noted that the Court of Criminal Appeal had recently shown a greater inclination to uphold a discretionary life sentence.

He said that he would not impose a life sentence in view of Cummins's age as that could mean he could find himself serving 55 years or more.

He was reluctant to expose Cummins to the risk of having to serve 55 years but by coupling his sentence with post-release supervision, it would keep him under control for 25 years.

Mr. Justice Carney imposed two concurrent terms of 15 years each for rape and anal rape, and five years for burglary.

He declared Cummins a sex offender and ordered that he undergo 10 years of post-release supervision.

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