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Friday 24 November 2017

Violent rapist Hearne moved to 'safer' prison over fears of attack

Rapist Keith Hearne has been moved to the Midlands Prison which houses the notorious killers Graham Dwyer and Mark Nash
Rapist Keith Hearne has been moved to the Midlands Prison which houses the notorious killers Graham Dwyer and Mark Nash

Violent rapist Keith Hearne was moved straight from Mountjoy to the Midlands Prison after sentencing over fears that he would be the attacked by other inmates.

Hearne (28) was jailed for 12 years on Monday for the rape and false imprisonment of Dominique Meehan (24) at a gaming convention in a west Dublin hotel in 2015.

The Tallaght man, now known as Prisoner 107512, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of falsely imprisoning Ms Meehan.

After sentencing, Hearne was taken to Mountjoy Prison to be processed into the system.

Target

It is usual for prisoners to spend their first night in the Dublin jail but in Hearne's case he was transferred straight to the midlands facility.

"He was a high-probability target for an attack by another prisoner or prisoners so it was best to move him," a source told the Herald.

"The Midlands is more geared to sex offenders, as is Arbour Hill, so it is less problematic to imprison them there and they would be under less risk of violence."

The Central Criminal Court had heard how Hearne locked the door of a conference room in the hotel where he had cornered his victim, bound her hands with his tie and raped her.

When she screamed, he told her he had a knife in his bag and would use it if she did not stay quiet.

His bag, containing a "rape kit" of a prop knife, handcuffs, condoms, a mask and "sado-masochistic" items, was later found at the scene, the court heard.

He also said to her, "I could break your neck here and now, would you prefer that?", before telling her to be a "good girl".

Ms Meehan, who waived her right to anonymity after Hearne was convicted, was saved only when another person forced their way into the room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown when they heard the disturbance inside.

She has since said she feared Hearne would kill her.

There are around 350 sex offenders in the Midlands Prison and 100 in Arbour Hill.

Hearne is now in the E wing of the jail where notorious killers Graham Dwyer and Mark Nash have been incarcerated in the past.

Nash is serving life sentences for two double murders. He has been in prison since August 17, 1997, the day after he killed Catherine Doyle (28) and Carl Doyle (29) at their home in Carane, Ballintubber, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

In 2015 he was convicted for the 1997 murders of psychiatric patients Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60) at Grangegorman in Dublin.

Both double murders happened just four months apart.

BDSM obsessive Dwyer is serving life for the 2012 murder of vulnerable Elaine O'Hara.

Dead

After Hearne was sentenced on Monday, Ms Meehan told the Herald that the young woman she was prior to being raped was now dead, in her mind.

Reflecting on the 12-year sentence handed down to her attacker, the 24-year-old said she now had to reinvent herself, because she had forgotten who she was before the brutal event.

"I don't know who I am any more. I can't remember who I was before I was raped and I'm trying to reinvent myself so I'll know who I am," she said.

"I don't know how I'm going to proceed from here."

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