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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Woman who heard her rapist attacking mother tells of 'night of horror'

The 48-year-old Waterford man has previously served a lengthy sentence for raping his daughter over a four-year period (Stock Picture)
The 48-year-old Waterford man has previously served a lengthy sentence for raping his daughter over a four-year period (Stock Picture)

A convicted paedophile has been given eight concurrent life sentences for raping his girlfriend before breaking into her mother's house and raping her three days later.

The mother, who was aged 60 at the time, was saved when her daughter heard the rape taking place on a voicemail the attacker had left her by accident.

Yesterday at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the offences fell into the "wholly exceptional" category of rape offences which deserved a life sentence. He imposed eight life terms for the various offences which will run at the same time.

In her victim impact statement, the daughter described it as a "night of horror".

She said the attack, "took her dignity, her self-esteem, her confidence, her belief in forgiveness and her belief that there was good in people".

Her mother, who suffers from severe arthritis, said she was "tortured" that night. She said she now lived in fear and could no longer be alone in her home, which used to be her sanctuary.

The 48-year-old Waterford man has previously served a lengthy sentence for raping his daughter over a four-year period.

Kidnapping

At the time of the attacks on his girlfriend and her mother, he was on bail for kidnapping and seriously assaulting the same girlfriend the previous year. Last December he was jailed for three-and-a-half years for the kidnapping.

The father-of-four pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape of the two women in various ways between July 2 and July 5, 2015 at locations in Dublin. He also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, attempted rape, aggravated burglary, making threats to kill and aggravated sexual assault.

Detective Inspector Paul Cleary told Kerida Naidoo SC, prosecuting, that the ordeal started after the accused became angry when his girlfriend's mother refused to let him into their house.

He went with his girlfriend to another location where they had sex during which the man became extremely violent.

The woman begged him to stop but he continued to rape her. Afterwards she went with the accused to a hostel.

The next day he brought her into the bathroom where he told her: "I'll slice you up, I'll kill you, I'll teach you to disrespect me."

He then raped the woman until she vomited. She later fled to a friend's house.

Two days later, the woman had a missed call and voicemail from the accused. In the background of the voicemail message she could hear her mother saying "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry".

Earlier, the man had forced his way into the house after the mother opened the door to him. He punched her and held a knife to her throat.

He dragged the woman up the stairs by her hair before tying her up.

The accused spoke in a relatively calm voice as he called the woman names, punched her and held the blade to her throat. He also "sunk his teeth into her nose".

He stuffed her underwear down her throat before raping her repeatedly. He told her he would slit her throat and wait for her daughter to come home before slitting hers.

Gardai had been alerted by the woman's daughter after she heard the voicemail. As officers banged on the door the accused told the woman he would kill her.

Gardai broke in and chased the man into the back garden where they pepper-sprayed him.

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