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A history of violence

On September 21, 1996, a 16-year-old girl who decided to take a walk in Mountjoy Square to clear her head after a disagreement with a relative had no idea how much her life was going to change.

Brian Shevlin, then 20, was armed and dangerous, and spotted her alone. Shevlin had put a knife to her throat and forced her to climb over railings into the park. During the hour-long ordeal, he stabbed the victim in the stomach with a kitchen knife and hit her with his fists.

Gardai came to her aid and arrested Shevlin as he was marching her in front of him at knife-point.

Shevlin pleaded guilty to rape, oral rape and maliciously wounding of his victim, but the court heard it wasn't his first time.

Shevlin had been jailed for four years in 1993 for sexually assaulting a woman near Temple Street Hospital. He also had eight previous convictions.

Then, in January 2007, Shevlin's next spree of violence happened when he threatened two gardai with two blood-soaked knives.

He received a two-year sentence for this crime.