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Saturday 10 December 2016

Raider's threat to rape woman and cut off her son's fingers

Three teenagers have been jailed for their part in an aggravated burglary during which threats were made to rape a woman and cut off her son's fingers with a meat cleaver
Three teenagers have been jailed for their part in an aggravated burglary during which threats were made to rape a woman and cut off her son's fingers with a meat cleaver

Three teenagers have been jailed for their part in an aggravated burglary during which threats were made to rape a woman and cut off her son's fingers with a meat cleaver.

Two of the accused were aged 16 and one was aged 17 last November when they and two others broke down the door of the woman's Dublin home and overpowered her before demanding money.

During the early morning raid an unidentified raider took his penis out and said he would rape her while her 10-year-old son was present.

The victim said she was absolutely terrified during the 25- minute ordeal, which only ended when she showed them where she had hidden €30,000 in cash takings from a restaurant. She said after the burglary she was constantly thinking about it and was scared they would come back.

Liam Fox (18), of Rossfield Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary and car theft at a house in Dublin on November 11, 2014. His only other convictions are for minor road traffic offences.

Two others, who cannot be identified as they are still juveniles, pleaded guilty to the same offences. They have no previous convictions.

Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC, defending Fox, said that the evidence was the three accused had embarked on a joint enterprise and this involved making threats, but that it did not include the threat of rape.

Eilis Brennan BL, prosecuting, said that the Director of Public Prosecutions now accepted that the common design did not include the sexual threats.

Mr O Lideadha said that there was no suggestion Fox carried out the "vile sexual acts". He said his client was deeply remorseful and regrets what he did.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed custodial sentences of eight years with three-and-a-half suspended on Fox and one of the other men. He imposed a sentence of eight years with three suspended on the other juvenile.

He said: "If they were somewhat older and more mature the sentences would be more severe. Hopefully they can reform themselves.

"What they did will have long-term effects on the injured parties and hopefully that will bare on their consciences."

One of the juveniles had also pleaded guilty to a burglary while the third man had admitted carrying out what the court described as a "spree of burglaries" around the same time.

The victim told gardai that the raiders took turns in screaming at her asking where the money was. She had around €30,000 cash as takings from a local restaurant and one of the raiders knew about this.

The raiders tried to tie her hands with cable, ties but she kept struggling and they gave up. They grabbed her and put a meat cleaver to her collar bone.

One raider threatened her with a steak knife and they kept asking her where the money was.

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