18 years jail for ‘pri­mal, bru­tal’ sex at­tacker

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By De­clan Bren­nan news@dai­ly­mail.ie

She grabbed the blade and screamed

A VI­CIOUS sex at­tacker who car­ried out ‘pri­mal and bru­tal’ as­saults on three women has been jailed for 18 and a half years.

The re­morse­less thug, de­scribed by a judge as ‘clearly a dan­ger­ous man’, dragged his first vic­tim down and punched her.

He tied up an­other vic­tim be­fore sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her and held a hunt­ing knife to the third woman.

The 34-year-old is such a threat that even when re­leased he must spend the fol­low­ing nine years un­der cur­few and tell gar­daí where he is. Judge Pauline Codd sen­tenced him to 22 years, and said she would only sus­pend the last four if he gets treat­ment in jail.

All his vic­tims were at­tacked around Clon­dalkin in west Dublin. His first was walk­ing home from a night out in 2011, when the East­ern Euro­pean, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, dragged her to the ground and sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

She got away, but he caught her and punched her re­peat­edly around the face. His sec­ond vic­tim was walk­ing home late at night on Septem­ber 3, 2015, when he came up be­hind her, put a leather belt around her neck and pulled her back­wards to the ground. He wrapped duct tape around her face and hands and sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

He then at­tacked Ruth Maxwell in broad day­light, in the early hours of May 16, 2016, as she walked along Knock­meenagh Lane to the nearby Luas.

He held a hunt­ing knife to her, grabbed her around the neck and pulled her back­wards. Ms Maxwell, who waived her right to anonymity, told the court she was so ter­ri­fied he would slit her throat, she grabbed the blade, cut­ting ten­dons in three fin­gers. But when she screamed he pan­icked and ran off.

Ms Maxwell told the court: ‘At one point I thought I would never stop cry­ing. I am fright­ened of so many things now. I’m es­pe­cially fright­ened for my daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter.

‘Be­fore the at­tack I was op­ti­mistic but now if I haven’t heard from my daugh­ter for a day I jump into fear and all the aw­ful things that could have hap­pened to her.’

She said: ‘My spirit is bro­ken and I’m afraid of peo­ple and crowds. The phys­i­cal and emo­tional hurt and pain has con­tin­ued for two years and will prob­a­bly con­tinue to man­i­fest it­self in some form daily for the rest of my life.’

Af­ter a three-week trial at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court, a jury of 11 men unan­i­mously found the man, who has lived and worked in Ire­land since 2008, guilty. Judge Codd told how the at­tacks be­came more vi­o­lent as they went on, they were pre­med­i­tated and he has shown no re­morse. She im­posed con­sec­u­tive sen­tences of eight years, nine and a half years and five years, sus­pend­ing four on con­di­tion he com­pletes a sex of­fender pro­grammes in cus­tody.

She also im­posed a nine-year pe­riod of post-re­lease su­per­vi­sion on con­di­tion that he obey any cur­few set by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vices, no­tify gar­daí of his res­i­dence, and keep a travel log of all jour­neys. The court im­posed a tem­po­rary ban on nam­ing him for le­gal rea­sons.

Dur­ing a lengthy sen­tence hear­ing he sat im­pas­sively. He has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest in June 2016.

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