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Wednesday 18 July 2018

'My sex hell no excuse for rapist son' - horror house victim Cynthia

Cynthia Owen
Cynthia Owen
Her son Patrick Nevin, who was last week convicted of three sex attack in just 11 days

The mother of Tinder rapist Patrick Nevin has denounced her son for his horrific crimes and urged any other women who he attacked to come forward.

The Sunday World yesterday revealed the twisted sex offender is the son of Dalkey house of horror victim Cynthia Owen.

"There are no excuses for what he did," she said.

Cynthia was just 11 when she gave birth to a girl in 1973. The baby was later found stabbed to death in a Dun Laoghaire laneway. Cynthia claimed the baby was killed by her own mother, Josephine Murphy.

Cynthia had been raped by her father, Peter Murphy, from the age of eight and was also sold for sex by her parents, both of whom were alcoholics.

Yesterday, Cynthia pleaded with any other victims of her rapist son to come forward.

"I want them to know they will be believed and that there are no excuses for what he did," she said.

Nevin (36) was convicted last week after a court heard he committed three sex attacks in 11 days after meeting women on the Tinder dating site. The UCD graduate faces life in prison.

Speaking to the Sunday World, Cynthia said she disowned Nevin when he attacked a woman when he was 17.

She said her sexual abuse as a child was no excuse for the crimes committed by Nevin.

"Let me be very clear about this. His childhood should not be used as an excuse in any of these cases. A lot of people have had tough upbringings but we do not do what he did," she said.

"This was a man who, aged 33, with a good job, a top-quality education and a beautiful family to live for, decided to methodically plan to meet women online and then attack them.

"There is no excuse for what he did and my family history should not be used in this matter. There are no connections."

Nevin was born in 1981 and taken to Denmark by his father when he was nine.

As a teenager, he sexually attacked his friend's mother and beat her unconscious.

He was convicted of oral rape and sexual assault, but served only a short term in a Danish jail because of his age. On release, he returned to Ireland.

Brutal

In 2001 Judge Sean O Donnabhain jailed Nevin for seven years for a brutal assault on his then partner, during which he beat her two pet dogs to death.

Last week he admitted raping a woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath, on July 12, 2014. He further admitted sexually assaulting a second woman at an unknown location in Co Meath on July 16, 2014.

He was found guilty in November of sexually assaulting a Brazilian student at the UCD campus at Belfield on July 23, 2014.

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