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prison release Sex beast who attacked a woman out for an early morning jog is back on the streets

Limerick thug Dean Martin (30) emerged from the Midlands Prison this week after serving a six-year sentence imposed for sexual assault.

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Dean Martin walks free from The Midlands Prison

Dean Martin walks free from The Midlands Prison

Dean Martin walks free from the Midlands Prison

Dean Martin walks free from the Midlands Prison

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Dean Martin walks free from The Midlands Prison

A beast who attacked a woman out for an early morning jog in a horrifying drug-fuelled frenzy is back on the streets.

Limerick thug Dean Martin (30) emerged from the Midlands Prison this week after serving a six-year sentence imposed for sexual assault.

Martin, who has 35 previous convictions, followed the woman into the park just before 9am in October 2016.

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Dean Martin walks free from the Midlands Prison

Dean Martin walks free from the Midlands Prison

Dean Martin walks free from the Midlands Prison

The woman, who was wearing headphones and listening to music, had no idea he had started trailing behind her.

He attacked her from behind in an isolated part of the park and knocked her into a ditch where he pulled down her pants and attempted to perform a sex act on her.

The woman later told gardai she screamed and fought back, shouting at her attacker that she knew him, even though she didn't.

Martin then fled the scene and was arrested a short time later as he matched the description of the woman's assailant.

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A garda gave evidence at Martin's trial that he was so intoxicated when arrested he could not be interviewed for several hours.

Martin later admitted the attack and said he didn't mean to hurt the woman and was sorry for what he did.

"I was out of my face," he told gardai, adding that he had used cocaine at a party.

The woman said in her victim impact statement she still finds it "utterly terrifying" that she was targeted at random in broad daylight.

She said she was almost certain she was going to be raped and killed, and that she still struggles to comprehend what happened to her.

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"The nightmare that I have experienced is not limited to the terrible events of the day that it happened. I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I was targeted, followed and sexually assaulted by a stranger."

Judge Tom O'Donnell commented at the time how the woman's victim impact statement was "deeply profound and disturbing".

Martin, from Ballincurra Weston, had pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to the sexual assault.

In 2011, Martin was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a break-in at a house.

He was acquitted of the sexual assault charge in that case but found guilty of the burglary and assault.

The woman's emergency call to the gardai was played back in court, during which she said a "fella" she knew came into her house tried to rape her.

She told how a man with his trousers down pounced on her. He tried to put his hand between her legs during the struggle, she told the court.

Her assailant fled when there was a knock at her front door, but she saw his face when his hoodie fell down.

The jury acquitted Martin of sexual assault but found him guilty of the other charges.

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