14 years for man who raped teenaged Cork sisters

A Cork man who raped the two teenage sisters of his former girlfriend has been given a 14-years sentence in consecutive terms by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy at the Central Criminal Court.

A Cork man who raped the two teenage sisters of his former girlfriend has been given a 14-years sentence in consecutive terms by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy at the Central Criminal Court.

Trevor Casey (aged 31), Closes Road, Fairhill was convicted by a jury last February on eight charges involving four counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault on dates in 2003 and 2004 at three Cork addresses.

Casey had pleaded not guilty to 14 charges at the start of his trial. The jury failed to reach a decision on three of the counts and acquitted him on three others, two of these by direction of the judge.

The jury reached its verdicts on day-seven of the trial after over eight hours of deliberation and having spent two nights in a hotel.

The victims and their family said they wanted Casey named in media reports of the case. Both victims gave evidence that he raped them after they awoke to find him in their beds.

Casey said in evidence during the trial that he never had any sexual relationship with either girl and described as "sick" an allegation that he abused one of them while his son slept in the same room.

Defence counsel, Mr Tim O’Leary SC (with Mr Ronan Munro BL), told Mr Justice McCarthy that Casey still maintained his innocence and noted this "circumscribed" his submissions in mitigation.

Mr O’Leary handed in testimonials from several prominent people which he said indicated that Casey came from "a family held in very high regard" in Cork.

"He comes from good stock and is of good stock."

Mr O’Leary said Casey was in effect a first offender and there were matters which came to his credit to be considered by the court. He was someone who wouldn’t come before the courts again and counsel noted that while Casey fought the case and gave evidence denying the allegations as was his right, the defence accepted he wouldn’t be punished for that.

"This sentence will wreak devastation not only on my client but also on his parents," counsel said.

Ms Aileen Donnelly SC (with Mr Noel Devitt BL), said the Director of Public Prosecutions placed some of the offences in the case as being "at the upper end of the scale". She noted that some of the sexual assaults carried 14 years imprisonment.

"The fact that other juveniles were present for some of these offences is a significant matter."

Mr Justice McCarthy who was told that the younger victim has been admitted into psychiatric care on occasions as a result of being abused by Casey.

He was told she kept a diary in which she recorded what happened and the effect it had on her, causing her "to hate my life". Among the points she recorded were "Leave me alone" and also "I wish I was dead.".

Mr Justice McCarthy directed that Casey’s name be added to the register of sex offenders and said that while sex offender treatment courses were available, rehabilitation could only happen if the offender accepted responsibility but Casey hadn’t done so.

The judge noted he had received personal letters from Labour TD, Mrs Kathleen Lynch and from a former Lord Mayor of Cork, Mr John Murray, indicating that Casey came from a good family with integrity. He said, however, that he felt there was little in the way of mitigation rising from them in all the circumstances.

Mr Justice McCarthy imposed six-year concurrent sentences on the earlier rape charges in relation to the eldest victim, and a consecutive seven-year term in relation to later rapes on this victim.

He imposed a consecutive seven-year term for the rapes on the second victim, totalling 14 years but suspended the final year of that term. He also imposed four year terms for the sexual assault charges concurrent with the seven-year rape terms.

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