Woman escaped grasp of rapist, court hears

A woman escaped the grasp of a man who committed a rape two weeks later, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard today.

A woman escaped the grasp of a man who committed a rape two weeks later, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard today.

Richard Finn (aged 23) of Rockfield Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to the assault on a woman at Fonthill Road, Clondalkin on July 9, 2007.

Finn who is already serving a 12-year sentence for rape was sentenced to a concurrent three-and-a-half years in prison for the assault on the woman.

Sergeant Michelle Gillick told Ms Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, the incident happened when the woman was walking to her job as a cashier at 6.35am that morning.

While she was walking she met a man, who Gardaí later became aware was Finn. He told her: “Don’t be afraid, I just want to know the time.”

She walked around him and he told her to “come here”. The woman replied: “What do you want? Don’t hurt me.”

Finn then dragged her and punched her in the face and told her to pull her trousers down.

The woman led him to believe she was going to do so but then managed to run away after he grabbed her and ripped the sleeve on her jacket.

She then looked around and saw her bag was there so she ran back to get it but later noticed nothing was missing from it.

She ran to the local petrol station and told them what happened. She was able to describe Finn to staff and they recognised him from an earlier incident there.

Mr Philipp Rahn BL, defending, told the court Finn had suffered abuse at the age of 13 and said his two brothers were killed in an accident 10 years ago.

Mr Rahn also said his client had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and said studies suggest these sorts of people were more likely to have a drinking problem.

He said his client continues to attend Alcoholics Anonymous and was willing to take part in a sex offender’s treatment programme in Arbour Hill Prison.

Judge Frank O’Donnell noted the man pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial and was entitled to a discounted sentence for that but said he was going to mark the seriousness of the offence.

“The courts have to endeavour to keep our streets safe for everyone, whether that is at night or early in the morning and particularly for our young women,” said the judge.

The judge noted that the woman did not overemphasise the effect that this had on her and said she gave a very balanced account in her victim impact statement.

Judge O'Donnell sentenced him to another three years and six months to run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving.

Finn who repeatedly raped a Polish woman in the grounds of a west Dublin church and school on July 22, 2007 was jailed for 12 years by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court in April 2008.

He subjected her to over two hours of rapes during which he used his mobile phone to photograph her private areas. This phone was never recovered.

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