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Thursday 17 January 2019

Rapist attacked woman just hours after release: How could it happen?

Violent rapist was under garda surveillance but still followed and attacked this terrified woman in her home just 14 hours after being released from jail

A convicted rapist who attacked a young woman just 14 hours after he was released from prison was under garda surveillance at the time.

Violent sex attacker Trevor Byrne (32) followed Noemie Krey (24) home and forced his way into her house.

A garda watching Byrne saw him enter the victim's house "did not know the context of him entering the house" but "saw him running away".



NURSE

Byrne, of O'Devaney Gardens, has attacked three women during the past 18 years despite only being out of prison for 50 hours during that time.



  • In 1994 when he was 16 years old, Byrne was jailed for 15 years for raping a woman on the North Circular Road.


  • He was released on December 14, 2005 and 36 hours later he attacked a Filipino nurse in the Mater Hospital, as she walked home from a work Christmas party at around 2.30am. She was rescued by two men nearby who heard her screams.


  • In 2009, just 14 hours after his release from prison he attacked and attempted to rob Ms Krey after he followed her and forced his way into her home in Phibs-boro in September 2009.

The court heard that Ms Krey, a French national, had been out with friends and was walking home, when she saw someone in a red "hoodie" coming towards her, but thought nothing of it.

She called her friend to say she had reached her home. She had her phone in her right hand and the key of the house in her left when she saw the same man.

Ms Krey asked him what he wanted but he grabbed her phone and hit her on the side of the face with it.

He told her to open the door and followed her inside demanding money.

Ms Krey said she told Byrne she had to get money from the bedroom where her flat-mate was sleeping. As she walked upstairs Byrne walked beside her and grabbed her.

She knocked on the door, which made Byrne angry because he knew she would not have to do so if it was her own bedroom.



BEDROOM

Byrne vanished from the scene when her flat-mate came out of the bedroom.

He was arrested the next day and interviewed at Mountjoy Garda Station.

He denied contact with Ms Krey, denied entering her home, and would not participate in an ID parade.

Ms Krey returned to Dublin from France on her 24th birthday yesterday, and told the court that she had suffered nightmares since the incident. In a victim impact statement she said she has suffered nightmares since the incident at Leo Street Dublin 7 on September 15, 2009.

She said she sometimes had to get out of bed to turn the light on and was always watching to see if someone was following her.



TREATMENT

She said she had received psychiatric treatment as three months after the attack she began to have nightmares.

"I just hope that nobody else has to go through what I had to -- it's horrible.

"I will always be connected in some way with Trevor Byrne's life."

Byrne admitted the attempted robbery of Ms Krey at Leo Street Dublin 7 on September 15, 2009. He also admitted two counts of burglary at the house on that date.

Judge Patricia Ryan remanded Byrne in custody and is to sentence him next month.

csheehy@herald.ie

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