Pregnancy

How an Irish-born man was jailed for six years for allegedly raping a pregnant woman

A convicted rapist from Dublin has been jailed for life for the attack on a pregnant mother and her two children in a public park.

The convicted rapist, who has not been named, was sentenced at the High Court in Dublin yesterday to six years in prison for the alleged rape of the mother of the children, aged six and eight, on January 27, 2015.

The woman had been walking her children from a park in the west of the city when she was approached by the accused.

She told gardai she believed the man was drunk.

The court heard she said the man said he wanted to rape her but she refused and called the police.

Gardai from the Dublin District Criminal Investigations Branch arrested the accused after he drove the mother and the two children to a nearby house where he raped them.

He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for the crime on Monday.

Gavin Kelly, prosecuting, said the woman’s daughter, now aged three, was asleep in the house when the accused approached.

She said she got up to call for help but when she heard the sounds of children crying she immediately ran out to the street.

Mr Kelly said she saw the man driving away in the other direction.

The mother was “very scared”, he said, and when she looked back she saw him with the woman in his arms.

She had told gardaí her daughter had been attacked and she had not been able to tell her friends about what happened until she came home.

The father was in the car and heard the woman screaming and went to help her, Mr Kelly said.

“He saw the woman with blood on her arms and then his wife came running to her aid and that’s when the father saw the police coming and took the woman away.”

Mr Kelly asked the court to sentence the man to the maximum penalty.

Gaelic man raped in pub brawlGardaí were called to the St Patrick’s Cathedral on February 6, 2015, in Dublin to investigate a fight involving two men.

The man was seen walking along the street with a large group of men.

He told gardais he was walking through a pub with the group when one of the men came up to him.

The accused told gardaic officers he was the first to pull up and ask the man for directions to the church.

Gerry O’Neill, defending, said Mr Kelly had no recollection of the attack and said the incident did not appear to be random.

Gdaí later identified the man as a man who had been drinking in the pub with his girlfriend.

Mr O’Donnell said he believed the accused had been at the pub for a drink and was intoxicated.

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He said garda Ó Ceolíochta had seen the accused walking with the women in the street and believed he had not come to harm them.

The garda said he then saw the accused with a woman and two children walking down the road towards the church where the attack occurred.

Gavriel O’Sullivan, defending the accused, said he had been driving in the area when he noticed the men coming down the street towards the road and driving very fast.

He had to stop and asked the man, who was driving a blue Ford Focus, if he needed help.

The driver of the Ford Focus said the two men were “trying to rob him”, but the garda did not believe that he was acting in self-defence, Mr O’ Sullivan said.

Mr Sullivan said the gardai had seen him with a female companion at the time of the alleged attack and it was reasonable to believe that she was the victim’s partner.

Gavan McEwen, defending Mr Kelly, said his client had been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for over three years and had been on medication.

“The incident did have a very violent impact on his life and he suffered greatly,” he said.

Gdai said that the incident had caused considerable mental anguish and he had experienced suicidal thoughts.

“I hope that it is a lesson learned by other men who have committed similar crimes,” Mr McEgan said.