A serial sex offender who attacked three women in the space of 11 days after meeting them through Tinder has been jailed for 12 years.
Patrick Nevin (aged 37) attacked the women during their first meeting after they had been texting each other on the Tinder dating app and by mobile phone.
A Probation Service report noted that Nevin had a preoccupation with sex and used sex as an emotional coping mechanism. It also stated he had a hostility towards women and placed him at a high risk of re-offending.
Last June Nevin pleaded guilty to raping one woman at Bellewstown, Co. Meath on July 12, 2014, and to sexual assault four days later of a second woman at an unknown place in Co. Meath.
The father-of-two had been due to stand trial but changed his pleas to guilty following a legal ruling, which would allow the prosecution to introduce evidence from the other women describing sexual assault by Nevin on a first date.
His lawyers had challenged the admissibility of this “conduct evidence” but Ms Justice Eileen Creedon ruled in favour of the State. Last November she adjourned sentencing to allow time for a Probation Service assessment to be carried out.
The Central Criminal Court heard that Nevin, previously of Meadowlands Court, Mounttown Road, Dún Laoghaire and Dundalk, Co Louth, met both women on Tinder.
The computer programmer is already serving a five-and-a-half year sentence imposed last year for the sexual assault of a Brazilian woman he met on Tinder. This offence took place at the UCD campus on July 23, 2014, only weeks after she arrived in Dublin.
His lawyers told the court today that an appeal against this conviction was being withdrawn.
Nevin used the same “modus operandi” in all three attacks. He would convince the women to meet with him for a drive and he would pick them up at their home in a blue BMW. The court heard the women believed Nevin would kill them during the attack and were fearful afterwards because Nevin knew where they lived.
The first victim said she had agreed to meet him after telling him she did not want to meet for sex or a “one-night stand”.
Nevin picked her up at her home and drove for about 20 minutes to a remote back road in Meath. He parked up beside a graveyard and told the woman he knew this area and was known in Dundalk “and not in a good way”.
He mentioned the IRA and told her “don't worry I'm not going to kill you here”. After some consensual sex took place the woman made it clear she didn't want to do anything else but Nevin then raped her despite her asking him to stop.
Reading from her own victim impact statement this woman told the court that the rape changed her life and had affected her relationship with her young son.
“To say I was terrified is an understatement. After he raped me I was convinced he was going to leave me for dead in that area beside an old graveyard.”
“I had images running through my head of how he was going to kill me. He had the strength”.
Five days later Nevin picked up the second victim at her home. They had met online on July 2. He drove her to a country lane.
After some kissing Nevin moved on top of her but the victim said she didn't want this. Nevin became extremely angry and began calling her a “mickey tease” and “c*nt” and told her she could get out and walk home if she wasn't going to have sex with him.
He told her that “you shouldn't have aroused me” and said she was “making a thick out of me”. He put her out of the car on a dark country road late at night and drove on a bit.
He came back and told her to get back in and his mood seemed calmer. Once back in the car he pinned her down and began to sexually assault her.
He continued his attack even after the woman suffered a panic attack and only stopped after ejaculating. He then told her he had recorded it on his phone, which the court heard left the woman feeling embarrassed and worried about where the recording might end up.
Today, Ms Justice Creedon said the two attacks were premeditated and callous. She said Nevin had behaved in a predatory fashion, choosing his victims at random from the dating app.
He then carried out the attacks with cold pursuit and a remorseless attitude. In the second attack, he tricked the victim back into the car after initially telling her to get out when she refused sex.
She set a headline sentence of 15 years. She noted that he has since written letters of apology to both victims. A forensic psychiatric report was sought by his lawyers but was never provided to the court.
The judge reduced the sentence by one year to 14 years to take into considerations the guilty pleas and apology. She suspended the final two years and ordered him to be subject to five years of post-release supervision.
As part of this supervision, she ordered that he abstain from physical performance and bodybuilding substances and refrain from using the Internet or dating sites to contact people.
The judge also ordered him to engage in offence-focused programmes and to address his low tolerance threshold and anger management. Finally, she ordered that he must notify the Probation Service if he plans to leave the country.
The sentence was backdated to June 2015. Nevin has been in custody since September 2014 when he was first arrested for the UCD campus attack.
Lawyers for Nevin had asked the court to consider in mitigation his guilty plea and said this plea was of comfort to the victims. Paddy McGrath SC, defending, said his client's plea was an expression of his remorse.
Mr McGrath also said Nevin had written letters of apology to the victims. He said that his client was a relatively young man and asked the court to leave him some light at the end of the tunnel.
The victim of the July 12 attack told the court she was convinced Nevin would come to her home and will always be paranoid about it as long as she lives there with her son.
Nevin's attack on the other woman was recorded on his mobile phone and he can be heard getting angry and telling her to get out and walk home if she didn't have sex with him. Sergeant Selina Proudfoot said the number of times the victim said "no" to Nevin during the 44-minute long ordeal was “notable”.
Nevin has a previous conviction for assault on a former partner in 2001. The court heard that he battered the woman's two dogs to death before punching and kicking the woman in a prolonged assault which only ended when he finally fell asleep.
He was jailed for seven years for this attack and released in 2007. In April 2012 he was given a suspended four-year sentence for a firearms conviction. The court heard that in April 2010 Nevin had failed to stop for gardaí after breaking a red light.
During the garda pursuit that followed, he threw a stun gun from the car. He was still serving this suspended sentence when he committed the sex attacks in July 2014.