Rapists and their sentences

CompiledJanuary 2005: Paul Buckley, aged 32, of Baker’s Road, Gurranabraher, was given a four-year sentence by Mr Justice Paul Butler for the rape and assault causing harm of a 25-year-old woman in the garden of a house in April 2002.

He tries to choke his victim and threatens to kill her if she doesn’t stop screaming. DPP appeals the leniency of the sentence.

In October, Buckley has his sentence increased by three years by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

January 2005: Francis Goggin, aged 33, a father-of-two, of Lee Estate, Limerick, is jailed for eight years by Mr Justice Roderick

Murphy for kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old French woman.

February 2005: Martin Dunne, aged 46, of Collins Drive, Finglas, who raped and falsely imprisoned a woman after he burgled her Dublin home, is jailed for 14 years.

The sentence includes concurrent sentences of 14 years for rape and six years for each count of burglary and false imprisonment for offences committed in August 2001. Mr Justice Daniel Herbert said Dunne had “imposed the worst burden I have ever seen on any victim”.

March 2005: Patrick O’Driscoll, aged 36, of Fermoy, Co Cork, has his 14-year sentence for the rape of a young mother in Cork in September 2000 increased to 17 years by the Court of Criminal Appeal after it heard he had committed a second rape just six months after being released from prison, having served nine years of a 12-year sentence on an earlier rape charge.

April 2005: Patrick Smith, aged 40, from Oldcastle, Co Meath, has the six-year suspended balance of a 12-year rape sentence reactivated by Mr Justice Paul Carney for failing to abide by the conditions of the Sex Offenders Act 2001. Smith was given the 12-year sentence for two counts of anal rape.

April 2005: Owen Bermingham, a 37-year-old taxi driver from Grosvenor Place, Rathmines, Dublin, who subjected three women to an “appalling” four-hour rape in his flat, has a 21-year jail term reduced by the Court of Criminal Appeal to 15 years.

Bermingham picked up the three 20-year-old women in Rathfarnham on January 23, 2003, and invited them to his flat. When the women decided to leave, Bermingham grabbed one and held scissors to her throat. He raped all three and forced them to perform oral sex.

Giving the judgment of the appeal court, Mr Justice Hugh Geoghegan said what had happened was appalling, but soon after the event, Bermingham had shown remorse and requested gardaí to convey that remorse to the victims. He had paid them 5,000 each. The judge pointed out the accused had no previous relevant conviction.

The court reduced the sentence to 15 years.

June 2005: Stephen Barry, aged 25, of Roxboro Road, Limerick, who participated in the gang rape of a woman in 2004, receives a 21-year jail sentence, final year suspended.

Barry admitted raping the woman, assaulting her causing harm, the false imprisonment of her and of her male companion, and the assault of the companion.

Mr Justice Carney gave four other Limerick teenagers detention terms of up to 10 years on July 30, 2004, for their roles in the crime in which the gang took turns to rape a 35-year-old woman while her 36-year-old male companion was locked in the boot of a car.

Thomas O’Neill, Dean Barry and Darragh Ryan, all 16 at the time, and the then 14-year-old Jason Ring, along with Barry, attacked the couple after they found them in Cratloe Woods in the early hours of the morning.

June 2005: Salman Aslam Dar, aged 23, a student originally from Lahore, Pakistan, receives a 21-year prison sentence from Mr Justice Carney for three violent rapes carried out between February and June 2004 in Dublin.

Mr Justice Carney jailed Dar for seven years for the rape of each woman, with the last two years of each sentence suspended.

The three victims, a 29-year-old Irish woman, a 23-year-old Polish woman and a 23-year-old Mexican woman, were all walking home alone in the early morning when Dar attacked them.

Two of the women were attacked in their apartment buildings after Dar followed them home. Dar beat all three viciously before forcing them into sexual acts.

July 2005: A Wicklow man who broke into his former partner’s home and raped her is jailed for eight years by Mr Justice Carney.

The man, aged 34, pleaded guilty to five counts of rape, oral and anal rape, assault causing harm and criminal damage in Co Wicklow on February 24, 2003.

Mr Justice Carney imposed eight-year terms for three rape charges.

He suspended the final 18 months of the rape sentences due to the early guilty plea, which he said freed a slot for the trial of another violent person.

July 2005: Convicted rapist Barry McGee, aged 23, of Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin, is jailed for a further six months for resisting arrest four years ago. This, is in addition to the 17-year sentence he received in February 2003 for his rape in their Dublin flat of two Australian women whom he also threatened to kill.

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy ordered McGee to serve six months consecutive to the 17 years following his conviction for resisting arrest on May 20, 2001, near Tamango disco in Portmarnock, Co Dublin.

He had subjected the then 25-year-old victims in the 2002 rape to four hours of torture, terror and degradation at knife-point.

July 2005: Weldo Cavalcante, a 23-year-old Brazilian, is sentenced to two years’ imprisonment at Cavan Circuit Court on charges of the statutory rape of a girl under 17 in Cavan on June 26, 2004, almost a week before her death.

Mr Cavalcante, with an address at Liffey Meats house, Kilinkare, Cavan, has been in custody since June 2004.

Both he and another Brazilian man had been arrested by gardaí investigating the death of Cavan schoolgirl Jamie Farrelly Maughan.

November 2005: A 46-year-old Sligo man is found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of raping his wife just weeks after the birth of their child.

It was the third conviction recorded against him for this offence. The 39-year-old woman told the jury her then husband had raped her on July 21, 1997, at their Sligo home after she had told him she didn’t want to have sexual intercourse at that time because she was still recovering from childbirth.

She told him she was going to report the rape to gardaí and he replied: “They would not be able to touch me, I am your husband.”

Mr Justice Carney sentences the man to six years in jail on January 30, 2006.

It is the first standing conviction for marital rape in the State.

December 2005: Kevin Healy, aged 25, of Gort na Fludaigh, Beal Átha ‘n Ghaorthaigh, Cork, is given a six-year sentence, with 18 months suspended, by Mr Justice Carney for the oral rape and aggravated sexual assault of a 21-year-old American student on Magazine Road, Cork, in November 2004.

During the attack, he threatened to kill his victim unless she stopped screaming and afterwards he apologised and took her mobile phone and student ID. He claimed he was a commanding officer in the IRA.

December 2005: Paul Moore, aged 40, of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, has a six-year sentence for rape increased to 10 years by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

This followed a claim by the DPP that the six-year sentence for the rape, which involved “a terrifying amount of violence” was too lenient. Moore had committed the rape in July 2001, one year after he was released from prison for a previous rape offence.

December 2005: Patrick O’Sullivan, aged 40, of Ballyorkane, Keel, Castlemaine, is jailed for eight years by Mr Justice Carney for the attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl.

O’Sullivan threatened to kill his victim after telling her she was “asking for it” by walking alone on a country road.

O’Sullivan told the terrified teenager she was “lucky this time” after cars on the road scared him away.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to rape her on April 24, 2004.

Mr Justice Carney declared O’Sullivan a sex offender and directed he be placed under five years’ post-release supervision. Reports on his mental condition established he “remained a risk for the future”.

The court heard O’Sullivan was 39 and the victim 16 when he “jumped out from the hedge”, dragged her by the hair, banged her head and left her with serious injuries.

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