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Tinder rapist Nevin appeals 14-year prison term for horror attacks

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Tinder profile picture of serial sexual predator Patrick Nevin

Tinder profile picture of serial sexual predator Patrick Nevin

Tinder profile picture of serial sexual predator Patrick Nevin

A serial sex offender has appealed against the severity of his 14-year sentence for attacking women he met through Tinder.

The State has counter appealed, arguing that the sentence, of which the final two years were suspended, was too lenient.

Patrick Nevin (38) attacked three women during their first meetings in the space of 11 days in July 2014.

The sentencing court for two of these attacks heard that he had a preoccupation with sex and hostility towards women and that he was at a high risk of re-offending.

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Nevin had pleaded guilty to raping one woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath that July 12, and to sexual assault four days later of a second woman at an unknown place in Co Meath.

The father-of-two had been due to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court, but changed his pleas to guilty following a legal ruling, which would allow the prosecution to introduce evidence from the third woman describing sexual assault by Nevin on a first date.

The court heard that the rapist, previously of Meadowlands Court, Mounttown Road, Dun Laoghaire and Dundalk, Co Louth, met both women in this case on Tinder.

Justice Eileen Creedon imposed a 14-year sentence but suspended the final two years.

The computer programmer was previously sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the sexual assault of his third Tinder victim. This offence took place at the UCD campus on July 23 that year. The attacker appealed that conviction, but subsequently withdrew it.

Cathleen Noctor SC yesterday appealed the undue leniency of the 14-year sentence for the other cases on behalf of the Director oF Public Prosecutions (DPP).

She submitted to the Court of Appeal that a significantly higher sentence should have been imposed. She said that the judge had erred in failing to identify an appropriate starting point at a higher level than the 15 years she set before considering mitigation.

Ms Noctor said that the judge had not considered a number of aggravating factors.

These included that his tricking the victims into positions of vulnerability by driving them in his car to remote locations, the fact that he had carried out the attacks while under a suspended sentence for possession of a firearm and his premeditation.

Another aggravating factor not reflected in the sentence, she said, was his previous convictions for causing serious harm and threatening to kill a female, for which he had been sentenced to seven years.

"This clearly brings this offence well into the category of between 15 years and life," she submitted.

In response to a question by Justice Isobel Kennedy, she said that the recording of 44 minutes of one of the attacks on Nevin's phone was an aggravating factor.

Michael Bowman SC made counter arguments on behalf of Nevin. "No matter what way you look at it, the director is arguing for what she already has," he said, giving examples of shorter sentences for what he said were similar crimes.

Excessive

He referred to Nevin's tricking of the women into positions of vulnerability by having them get into his car. He noted they had not been taken against their will. "This is unfortunately a factor common in cases where people meet on websites of this nature," he said.

He pointed out that, with 15 years, the court had gone into the highest sentencing band available to it. He submitted that this headline sentence was actually inappropriate and excessive.

Court President Justice George Birmingham, who presided with Justice Kennedy and Justice Una Ni Raifeartaigh, said the court would give a decision today.