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Burglar (16) ordered student to have sex with her housemates

A man will be sentenced next week for his role in trying to make a female college student have sex with her male housemates after breaking into their home with a hammer and hacksaw.

Jason Paget (24) had just turned 16 years old when he and co-accused, Stephen Phelan (26), broke into the Dublin home, threatened the three occupants for their ATM cards and personal identification numbers and ordered the woman to have sex with her housemates after she had been made strip naked.

Paget, of Aylward Green, Finglas, was extradited back to Ireland last year after he left for the UK in 2003.

He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at a St Albans Road premises and aggravated burglary and sexual assault of a woman with intent to cause degradation at another Dublin address, all on February 11, 2003. He has no previous convictions.

Phelan, of Poddle Close, Crumlin, previously had his nine-year sentence for these and other serious crimes, including a vicious knife attack, increased to 13 years on a Director of Public Prosecutions appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Detective Sergeant Joe McLoughlin revealed that Phelan, who had 26 previous convictions at the time of the offence, was the main aggressor in the burglaries and sex assault and had cut the female victim on her back from shoulder to waistline during the ordeal.





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Det Sgt McLoughlin told the court that Phelan and Paget, who was armed with a bicycle wheel brace, broke into the St Albans Road premises about 4.30am on February 11, 2003, threatened to "knife" the three male occupants, ordered them into the kitchen and ransacked the home.

The pair took a €300 mini-disc player, a laptop worth €750, a games console and €300 of games in the raid, which lasted between 30 minutes to an hour.

The detective garda said some hours later, a male occupant in the second premises awoke to find an intruder with a Stanley knife in his room and another man in the doorway of his female housemate's bedroom.

All three housemates were brought into one bedroom while Phelan searched the house and Paget stood with a hammer and hacksaw.

During the ordeal, which lasted nearly two hours, Phelan threatened to cut off the woman's nipples if she didn't lie on a bed with her arms outstretched.

Both youths ordered her to remove her clothes and she eventually stripped to her underpants, which Phelan cut at the hips so they fell off.

He then brought one of her housemates into the room naked and said: "I want the two of you to have sex."

The woman was brought into the other housemate's room a short time later, where Phelan ordered this second man to also have sex.

The man and woman, out of fear, began kissing to make it look like they were having sex.

The raiders eventually called a taxi to Blessington and left the premises.

Mr John Aylmer SC, defending Paget, read a letter to the court in which he apologised to his victims, said he took full responsibility for his actions and that he had been on a lot of drugs.

Mr Aylmer asked Mr Justice Paul Carney to take into account his client's expression of remorse, his guilty plea and the fact he has been of good behaviour since the incidents, despite being "unlawfully at large".

Mr Justice Carney remanded Paget in custody until sentence next week.

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