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Gerard McKenna

Gerard McKenna

Gerard McKenna

A thug launched a foul-mouthed tirade of abuse at a judge and jury today after he was unanimously convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl.

The Craigavon Crown Court jury deliberated for just over three hours before unanimously convicting 28-year-old Gerard McKenna of raping and sexually assaulting his 12-year-old victim on 23 December 2019.

McKenna was also convicted of sexual activity with a second complainant who was 15 at the time, offering to supply class A cocaine and two counts of child abduction on the same date.

As Judge Patrick Lynch QC was thanking the jury for their services, McKenna called out from the dock that they were “f****** corrupt c****, smelly orange b*******, f****** low life scum.”

“Mark my words, get ready for the aftermath,” shouted McKenna as he was handcuffed by prison officers, “there’s going to be serious retribution for this.”

“There’s only one low life scum here and everybody knows who that is,” Judge Lynch told the convicted rapist paedophile.

During the week-long trial the jury heard how McKenna and another person encountered the two girls on the Lagan towpath, plying them with vodka and offering them cocaine and diazepam.

An adult who knew the rape victim gave evidence that he told McKenna she was “only 12” but he told him “so f***.”

The jury heard how McKenna sexually assaulted her with his hand before he had sex with her, later taking a train to Belfast where he sexually assaulted the 15-year-old girl by kissing her.

Giving evidence on his own behalf McKenna, listed as no fixed abode but who had a previous address at Rockville Street in Belfast, labelled the allegations against him as “absolutely disgusting” and his accusers as “mutts.”

He also lambasted the “corrupt system” that had put him on trial, claiming that he believed his victim was 17.

Defence counsel Michael Boyd asked McKenna directly if he had raped or sexually assaulted either of the complainants and called them “mutts,” he declared “absolutely not - that’s disgusting.”

Under cross examination from prosecuting counsel Nicola Auret, she pointed out to McKenna inconsistencies between his accounts to the police and to the jury, who loudly told the lawyer that she was “deliberately trying to provoke me and get a reaction out of me.”

“You are making me out a liar,” declared McKenna, “but the proof of the pudding is that I’m an innocent man.”

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“I stand before this court with no wrong doing whatsoever.....it’s absurd, it’s preposterous and shouldn’t even be in a court at all,” he told the Crown prosecutor whom he called a “professional liar.”

“You are pursuing a totally innocent man,” claimed McKenna although he did reveal to the jury that he has a previous conviction in 2016 for causing actual bodily harm to a female.

“There’s a reason for that,” McKenna tried to explain, “she smashed a bottle of beer into the side of my head - I punched her in the face and gave her a black eye.”

The investigation into the rape attack, said McKenna, had been “a shambles from start to finish,” conducted by a police force who had “colluded and hid and got rid of guns for paramilitaries for years” and whose investigations had resulted in his “dirty trial.”

“Trusted people lie, police officers lie, sure look at Derek Chauvin, he kneeled his knee on George Floyd’s neck,” he said.

Judge Lynch adjourned passing sentence until a pre-sentence report has been compiled.

With McKenna already taken away to the cells, Judge Lynch reminded the lawyers “he will of course have to go on to the sex offenders register.”

“Who is going to tell him that?” enquired the judge.

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