DPP appeal over rape sentence leniency dismissed

The Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed the DPP's appeal against the leniency of the two-year prison sentence imposed on a Waterford businessman for the rape of a woman he hired through a Cork-based escort agency.

The Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed the DPP's appeal against the leniency of the two-year prison sentence imposed on a Waterford businessman for the rape of a woman he hired through a Cork-based escort agency.

Today the CCA said that it could find "no error" with what was a careful and considered sentence imposed on Billy Keogh, who wept while the three-judge court handed down its verdict.

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

He was found guilty of rape on May 21, 2006 but acquitted of stealing €1,200 cash from the woman, who was working for the Red Velvets Escorts Agency, based in Cork.

Keogh, who had denied the charges, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment by Mr Justice Barry White with the last three years suspended.

The court had previously dismissed Keogh's appeal against his conviction. The DPP had argued that Mr Justice White had erred by imposing a sentence that was unduly lenient.

The three-judge CCA, with Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman presiding and sitting with Mr Justice Declan Budd and Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, today dismissed the DPP's appeal.

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