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Man jailed for 6.5 years for raping sleeping woman

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the offence was aggravated by the great harm it has caused and the fact the woman was raped while she was asleep.

File photo of the CCJ in Dublin.
File photo of the CCJ in Dublin.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

A MAN WHO raped a sleeping woman and told her “she wanted it” has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

The 38-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded not guilty to an offence of rape at an address in Co Kildare on 12 March 2017. He has one previous conviction for an assault.

In February 2020, a jury returned a majority verdict of guilty on the single count following a trial in the Central Criminal Court.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the offence was aggravated by the great harm it has caused and the fact the woman was raped while she was asleep in her dwelling for the night.

Mr Justice Hunt noted that while the man now accepts the verdict of the jury and has offered an apology, the woman does not accept this apology. He said this was understandable due to its timing and that were he in the woman’s position, he would be of the same mindset.

He sentenced the man to eight years imprisonment, but suspended the final 18 months of the sentence on strict conditions including that the man keep the peace and be of good behaviour for five years post-release and that he not directly or indirectly contact the victim.

At a previous sentencing hearing, a local garda told Patrick Hanahoe BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, the woman was staying in the house of her friend, who was the former partner of the accused man.

The garda said that in the early hours of the morning, the woman woke up to find the accused man raping her. The woman was startled, asked what he was doing and the man replied with words to the effect of saying “she wanted it”.

At one point during the offence, the man put his fingers over the woman’s lip, telling her to be quiet or the children sleeping in the house might hear. Afterwards the man immediately left the house.

The court heard that during the trial, it was put to the woman that she had had a consensual sexual encounter with the man a month prior to the incident and that the incident itself was also consensual. The woman denied both propositions.

‘I blame myself’

In her victim impact statement, which she read before the Central Criminal Court, the woman said that the past three or four years of her life have been “hell”.

“I blame myself for not being strong enough for my children,” the woman said. She said she had felt and still feels like she has failed as a mother “for being in such a dark place”.

The woman said she feels as though she has been robbed of everything and does not feel like a woman anymore. She said she cannot watch TV shows or films that have “so much as a kiss” in them.

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She said she wishes that one day she will be free of pain. She said she will “never be able to move on” and that she has to learn how to live every day.

“I know I will be alone for the rest of my life,” the woman said.

The garda agreed with Orla Crowe SC, defending, that her client had written a letter of apology to the victim. The court heard that the woman does not accept this apology.

Crowe said her client accepted the verdict of the jury. She said her client was “truly very sorry” and threw himself at the mercy of the court.

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