Rape conviction overturned by court

A Wexford man who was convicted by a jury of raping his son’s 18-year-old girlfriend has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

A Wexford man who was convicted by a jury of raping his son’s 18-year-old girlfriend has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

The Court of Criminal Appeal this morningquashed the conviction of the 49-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the now 25-year-old woman.

He was jailed for seven years by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy in June 2011 having been convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury the preceding April of raping and sexually assaulting the girl.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which occurred in his car on August 13, 2006, and had continued to deny the attack after conviction.

A jury had failed to agree on a verdict in an earlier trial in 2010.

The man was remanded on bail to appear before the appeal court on Wednesday, when the case will be finalised.

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