Rapist left victim (73) 'waiting for death' in assault
A man who twice raped a 73-year-old woman after breaking into her home and leaving her "waiting for death" has been jailed for 13 years.
Anthony Hussey (26) was wearing a balaclava and dressed in dark clothing when the woman found him in her bedroom. He told her that his boss was making him do it and that he didn't want money.
"It's just one thing and you are going to like it," Hussey said before he told the woman there were three more men outside.
She screamed and struggled with him but he pushed her to the floor and placed his hands over her mouth. He bent the woman over her bed and sexually assaulted her. He then raped her both vaginally and anally.
Afterwards he said: "you enjoyed that didn't you?" He then covered her with a duvet and left.
Hussey, of Ardshillane, Sneem, Co Kerry, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape at the woman's home on September 20, 2014.
"One runs short of words to describe the seriousness of some of the offences that come before the court. This must be regarded as a sexual offence, of its class," Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said.
The judge said a hallmark of the case was the woman's "immense courage and determination". He commended her as "a deeply impressive witness" who took the stand to deliver a powerful victim impact statement as part of her healing process.
Mr Justice McCarthy imposed a 13-year sentence, which was backdated to when he went into custody in 2014. The judge also imposed a five-year post-release supervision order.
Sergeant Michael Quirke told Tom Creed SC, prosecuting, that Hussey had been drinking heavily through the night and broke into the woman's house and raped her.
In her victim impact statement, she said after the rape she was sobbing uncontrollably like a small child, "broken, terrorised, waiting for my death".
"How can he behave with such brutality? A woman three times his age. He could be my grandson. I can't stop screaming inside... I feel ripped open, stood naked to the core of my being, reduced to nothing. I feel so hollowed out."
She spoke of a hill near her home that she used to walk up but could no longer do so without company.
"The day will come when I walk to the top of my hill, stand tall, lift up my arms to the sky and scream for all those children and women who have been abused and who can't cry out in despair, those who had to suffer in silence."