Brave rape victim reveals torment that followed brutal attacks

A man has been jailed for 13 years for the rape of a woman four times having invited her to his house to help him with some painting.

In a victim impact statement she said in the days after the rape she kept thinking “why did I not die that night? He should have killed me that night”. She cut herself with a small blade because it was “my way of taking some control back”.

“The best way to describe how I felt about myself at the time was that I was damaged,” the woman said.

The 39-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury last February of two charges of rape, two charges of anal rape, and assaulting the woman causing her harm, at his Laois house on July 19, 2012. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy sentenced the man yesterday to 14 years in prison with the final year suspended.

She also handed down a three-and-a-half-year sentence for assault with the final six months suspended. All sentences are to run concurrently. The judge had previously declared the man a sex offender.

A local garda told Tim O’Leary, prosecuting, that the woman told the jury during the trial that she had agreed to go to the man’s house — she knew him through his cousin — to help him with a painting job but he said it took “a nasty turn”.

“She was assaulted, threatened, removed to an upstairs bedroom, attacked and brutally raped,” said the garda.

He said after the first incident of both vaginal and anal rape, the woman was forced into a shower cubicle and washed down before she was returned to the bedroom again and raped. She was then made shower again before the man instructed her to get dressed and led her out of the house.

The garda said the man brought the woman to her friend’s home. This man was also the accused’s first cousin, and it was he who had organised for her to help out with the painting job.

En-route to the house, the accused made her scrape her knuckles off a wall and told her that if anybody asked where she got her injuries from she was to say that she had been in a fight with another woman.

The man threatened to kill both her and her mother, if she didn’t stick to this “fictitious story”, the garda said.

He said the woman was so frightened on the way to her friend’s house, that even though two patrol cars passed her, she made no effort to flag them down.

She told people in her friend’s house, under duress from the accused, that she had been in a fight and then asked to be brought home.

The following day, her friend noticed very visible injuries to the woman’s face despite the fact she had tried to conceal them with heavy make-up. She reported the attack to the gardaí nine days later and the man was arrested on July 31, 2012.

A victim impact report said the woman had cuts and bruising to her face from the punches she received and had friction marks on her inner thighs. She still suffered badly with nightmares, dreaming that the man had kidnapped her and raped her again. She had panic attacks and outlined one such incident when she thought she saw the man in her local shopping centre.


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