Judgement reserved in rape appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal brought by a Waterford businessman against his conviction for the rape of a woman he had met at a hotel through a Cork-based escort agency.

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal brought by a Waterford businessman against his conviction for the rape of a woman he had met at a hotel through a Cork-based escort agency.

Billy Keogh (aged 47), a married man and father of six, of Wilder, Kilmeaden, was found guilty in February of last year at the Central Criminal Court of raping the 27-year-old Croatian woman, who claimed he told her he was a garda and also threatened to throw her out of a hotel window.

The jury returned a 10-2 majority guilty verdict following about six hours of deliberation that he raped her on May 21, 2006.

The jury had found him not guilty of stealing €1,200 cash from the woman, who was working for the Red Velvets Escorts Agency, based in Cork.

Keogh was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Mr Justice Barry White. The last three years of the sentence were suspended. Keogh denied both charges during his six-day trial.

He has appealed against his conviction. The DPP's has appealed against the undue leniency of the sentence imposed on Keogh.

Today the three Judge CCA of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman presiding sitting with Mr Justice Declan Budd and Mr Justice Bryan McMahon reserved judgment in the appeal against conviction.

The Court will consider the DPP's appeal after Keogh's appeal has been determined.

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