Six-year sentence for Cork rapist of American woman

A Cork man who orally raped an American student and then claimed he was a commanding officer in the IRA has been given a six-year sentence by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

A Cork man who orally raped an American student and then claimed he was a commanding officer in the IRA has been given a six-year sentence by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

Kevin Healy (aged 25), of Gort na Fludaigh, Beal Átha ‘n Ghaorthaigh threatened to kill his then 21-year-old at Magazine Road victim unless she stopped screaming, but apologised to her after the rape, and took her mobile phone and student identification card.

Detective Sergeant Tim Murphy told Mr Fergal Foley BL, prosecuting, that Healy then pretended to call a friend, telling him "he went a bit mad", and giving him the location where to pick the victim up.

He told her to wait where she was for 15 minutes but she ran after a few minutes to a nearby house where a woman would not let her in but called the gardaí.

Healy became violent when apprehended and asked about a scratch on his face. He struck the garda, who was forced to take out his baton and hit him with it, but then overcame the garda and grabbed his radio before he ran off in the direction of a cul de sac.

He was caught again when the garda enlisted the help of two civilians. He pleaded guilty to oral rape and aggravated sexual assault of the woman on November 7, 2004, and stealing a Garda radio valued €2,000.

The victim told Mr Justice Carney her life has never been the same since. Simple things such as going to the grocery store, church or a mailbox had become "terrifying tasks" she was unable to complete without the assistance of a friend.

Healy had threatened to murder her and she decided that "rather than leave her body to be violated by a pervert" she would surrender. "He took my chastity," she added.

Healy told the court that his conduct that night was inexcusable. "Sorry is only a five-letter word, that is all I can say, but I really mean it."

He said he hoped to use his time in prison to continue to confront himself and hoped that at some stage he could forgive himself. "I hope also to be forgiven but I don’t expect to be."

Mr Justice Carney placed Healy on the sex offenders register and said his crime was "quite frightful". He imposed six-year sentences on the oral rape and aggravated sexual assault charges and three years on the robbery, suspending the last 18 months of the sentences.

Det Sgt Murphy agreed with Mr Patrick MacEntee SC, defending, that Healy did not get treated for a fractured arm as a result of the baton strike until the following morning, when he was sent to hospital after he attempted to slit both his wrists and his throat with metal from his boot and then complained of a pain in his arm.

Healy told Mr MacEntee (with Mr Ronan Munro BL) he was abused as a child by a distant family member. As a result, he often wet himself in class because he was too scared to use the bathroom.

This led to him being bullied through both national and secondary school. Four boys who had been bullying him in second year put his head in the urine, pulled down his trousers and scrubbed his behind with wire wool, saying it was "time to change his nappy".

Mr MacEntee said Healy was attending Alcoholics Anonymous and counselling and the best option for this "very confused man" was rehabilitation so that he was no longer a danger to young women or himself.

Healy hadn’t completed the thesis for a masters degree in UCC because he had been suffering from depression and wasn’t able to focus and concentrate.

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