Cork rapist who held off-license staff member at knifepoint sentenced to four years

Cork rapist who held off-license staff member at knifepoint sentenced to four years
Ian Horgan, pictured in 2013. Picture: Press 22.

A 34-year-old man who was convicted of rape and manslaughter at the age of 16 was jailed today for four years for a knifepoint robbery.

Ian Horgan, who is from Ballincollig, County Cork, and was recently living at 68 Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, was sentenced to six years with the last two years suspended at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

He pleaded guilty to two charges arising out of the robbery.

The first stated that on September 18, 2017, at The Carry-Out off-licence, Ballydahin, Mallow, he committed the robbery of €1,395 in cash.

The particulars of the charge state that the woman working there was threatened with violence and had a knife pointed at her.

Detective Garda Pat O’Connell testified that the robbery was carried out shortly before 8pm on the date.

“A lone male brandishing a large knife came into the off-licence and put the knife against the staff member’s chest. He fled from the scene with €1,395.

“The member of staff was not physically harmed but was very traumatised and was not able to return to work for six months. She feels she cannot work in the off-licence and now works in the deli section of a neighbouring store,” Det Garda O’Connell said.

The detective said the accused had some serious convictions. He was convicted of robbery in Limerick in 2013 and got a four-year sentence. He got four years in Cork for another robbery in 2005.

“In 2000 for manslaughter and rape he got a 12-year sentence at the Court of Criminal Appeal,” Det Garda O’Connell said.

Donal O’Sullivan, defence barrister, said, “At the time he was struggling with severe heroin addiction."

He realises that drugs are taking him down. He is trying to go on the right road. He is heading the right way and asking for a last chance.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said that in light of the pleas of guilty and efforts being made by the accused in custody to deal with his drugs issues he would suspend last two years of the six-year sentence.

“He threatened the lady working there with a knife. Undoubtedly it was a traumatic experience for her. I understand she had difficulty going back to work and working alone which is understandable.”

More on this topic

Body of grandmother most likely dismembered using a power tool, court hearsBody of grandmother most likely dismembered using a power tool, court hears

Judge refers case of Cork man accused of under-age sex to circuit courtJudge refers case of Cork man accused of under-age sex to circuit court

Lawyer complains about delay in 'very simple test' on €350k of suspected heroin as Cork man waits to plead guiltyLawyer complains about delay in 'very simple test' on €350k of suspected heroin as Cork man waits to plead guilty

Dubliner fined for 'hugely racist comments' made to one of Ireland’s underage sportstars while punching herDubliner fined for 'hugely racist comments' made to one of Ireland’s underage sportstars while punching her


More in this Section

Gardaí talk to three people as investigation into Cork father set on fire continuesGardaí talk to three people as investigation into Cork father set on fire continues

Garda tells inquest he shot Mark Hennessy as he believed he was about to slit Jastine Valdez's throatGarda tells inquest he shot Mark Hennessy as he believed he was about to slit Jastine Valdez's throat

Michael McGrath: Fianna Fáil not kicking pension decisions down the roadMichael McGrath: Fianna Fáil not kicking pension decisions down the road

Cork-based cybersecurity firm warn of 300% increase in cyber attacks from Iran Cork-based cybersecurity firm warn of 300% increase in cyber attacks from Iran


Lifestyle

Dr Sarah Miller is the CEO of Dublin’s Rediscovery Centre, the national centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland. She has a degree in Biotechnology and a PHD in Environmental Science in Waste Conversion Technologies.‘We have to give people positive messages’

When I was pregnant with Joan, I knew she was a girl. We didn’t find out the gender of the baby, but I just knew. Or else, I so badly wanted a girl, I convinced myself that is exactly what we were having.Mum's the Word: I have a confession: I never wanted sons. I wanted daughters

What is it about the teenage years that are so problematic for families? Why does the teenage soul rage against the machine of the adult world?Learning Points: It’s not about the phone, it’s about you and your teen

Judy Collins is 80, and still touring. As she gets ready to return to Ireland, she tells Ellie O’Byrne about the songs that have mattered most in her incredible 60-year career.The songs that matter most to Judy Collins from her 60-year career

More From The Irish Examiner