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Depraved Sex offender who raped homeless man in Dublin hostel back on streets

Brutal pervert who raped homeless man walks free after serving four-and-a-half-year sentence

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John Griffin awaiting a train at Portlaoise station after his release

John Griffin awaiting a train at Portlaoise station after his release

John Griffin awaiting a train at Portlaoise station after his release

Sex beast John Griffin is back on the streets after serving less than five years in prison for the horror rape of a homeless man in a Dublin hostel.

The Sunday World confronted the 50-year-old rapist, who also has previous convictions for buggery and sexual assault, as he emerged from the Midlands Prison on Friday.

Wearing a mask over his face and dragging a large hold-all alongside him, pervert Griffin initially appeared friendly when asked to confirm his identity.

But that quickly changed when our reporter explained he was from the Sunday World and inquired whether the repeat attacker had undergone therapy for his depraved urges while on the inside.

Griffin, who has never before been pictured in association with his vile crimes, immediately turned to walk away when he realised he was being confronted by media.

"Have you undergone therapy?" our reporter asked.

Griffin didn't respond.

"Are you still a danger to men like the homeless man you raped?" our reporter persisted.

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John Griffin carries his prison possessions to a waiting taxi

John Griffin carries his prison possessions to a waiting taxi

John Griffin carries his prison possessions to a waiting taxi

Again, Griffin refused to answer.

"It's a legitimate question, John," our man continued.

"Are you still a danger? You've been convicted of attacking people twice before?

"Should homeless people be worried now you're back out?"

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Masked rapist Griffin heads for the train station after leaving Midlands Prison

Masked rapist Griffin heads for the train station after leaving Midlands Prison

Masked rapist Griffin heads for the train station after leaving Midlands Prison

Griffin, who was struggling to open the boot of a taxi and place his bags inside, did respond this time with an angry 'no' before finally getting the boot open, dumping his bag inside, and then making his way to Portlaoise train station.

At the train station, the convicted predator let his mask drop to light up a rolled cigarette on the platform.

Other passengers walked past, oblivious to the evil now standing in their midst.

When a train did arrive and Griffin stepped on, an announcement over the tannoy confirmed the train carrying the beast was on its way to Heuston station in Dublin.

Vulnerable

Shockingly, it has been just four-and-a-half years since details of Griffin's sick attack on a vulnerable homeless man were revealed in court.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how the Dundalk native told gardaí that he knew his roommate wasn't gay but said: "I just f**king got the urge and just did it".

He said he had ordered the victim to give him a "b***job", and when the victim refused, Griffin threatened him that he would force him to do it.

He then bent the victim over a bath and anally penetrated him without his consent.

Griffin told gardaí later that he felt horrible about his actions because "I know he didn't like it at all".

Griffin, of no fixed abode at the time, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault at a hostel in Dublin between March 23 and April 1, 2015.

Garda Joanna McCormack told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that in July 1991 Griffin received a sentence of five years at the Central Criminal Court for the offences of buggery and sexual assault.

She said he had no other convictions and had not come to any adverse garda attention since his release for that crime.

Speaking at Dublin Circuit Court, Judge Martin Nolan said this was at the highest range of the offence, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. He said it was an odious crime.

Garda McCormack said the victim had neurological issues and was vulnerable.

Judge Nolan said Griffin knew about the victim's vulnerabilities.

The man was sharing a room with Griffin, who was of a physically much greater size than him.

He told gardaí that he was very afraid of Griffin and was afraid to refuse his demands for sex.

In an earlier attack, Griffin groped the victim while pleasuring himself.

After the second, more serious, assault Griffin asked the victim if he had "liked it".

The victim said he told him he did because he was afraid to say no.

The incident became known to other men in the hostel and they wanted Griffin to leave.

Safety

Griffin went to the hostel staff and told them he was gay and had "made a pass" on his roommate.

He told staff the other men from the hostel were "going to kill him".

He admitted he had done wrong and it was his fault and staff let him leave for his safety.

Griffin later claimed to gardaí that before carrying out the second assault he had asked the victim if he was gay.

He said the victim said nothing in reply.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said his client was a single man who lived from hostel to hostel and had an over-reliance on alcohol.

A victim impact report was handed in to the court but not read out.

Before sentencing, Judge Nolan noted that Griffin had co-operated with gardaí, admitted the offences and expressed remorse.

He jailed Griffin for a total of six years, but with standard prison remission of 25 per cent, Griffin's effective sentence was just four-and-a-half years in prison.

Sunday World


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