Foreign national, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked three women Judge describes attacks carried out over five-year period as primal and brutal
A man convicted of carrying out premeditated, attacks on women over a five-year period has been jailed for 18½ years:
A father of two convicted of carrying out premeditated, random attacks on women over a five-year period has been jailed for 18½ years.
Judge Pauline Codd described the violent attacks on three women by the 34-year-old as primal and brutal and said “he is clearly a dangerous man”.
The man attacked three women in 2011, 2015 and 2016 at locations around Clondalkin in south Dublin. Two of the attacks involved a sexual assault and took place late at night as the women walked home after a night out.
In the last attack, carried out in broad daylight as the victim, Ruth Maxwell, was walking to the Luas to go to work, the man put a hunting knife to the woman’s throat.
This attack took place on Knockmeenagh Lane, Clondalkin, not far from the other two attacks and near a house occupied by the family of the man’s partner. Two of the victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.
At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, a jury of 11 men found the man guilty of carrying out the three attacks.
The judge said that the attacks were very serious and there was an escalation in violence over the three attacks. She said the violence was brutal and primal in nature. She said the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had shown no remorse. She said the attacks were premeditated and the involvement of a leather belt, a hunting knife, duct tape and cable ties were aggravating factors.
She imposed consecutive sentences of eight years, 9½ years and five years. She suspended the final four years on condition that he successfully complete any sex offender programmes as directed by the Probation Service.
Róisín Lacey SC, prosecuting, told the court that it was the view of the Director of Public Prosecutions, based on the evidence, that the man posed a risk to the public.
The first attack took place late at night on September 11th, 2011 as the victim was walking home from a night out. The man dragged her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
She managed to get away from him, but he caught her and punched her around the face.
In the second attack, on September 3rd, 2015, a woman was walking home late at night when he came up behind her and put a leather belt around her neck and pulled her backwards to the ground. He wrapped duct tape around her face and hands before sexually assaulting her.
The third attack was carried out on the early morning of May 16th, 2016. The victim, Ms Maxwell, was walking along Knockmeenagh Lane when the man, armed with a hunting knife, put his arm around her neck and began to pull her backwards.
Ms Maxwell told the court that she thought the man was going to slit her throat and she grabbed the blade, causing the knife to cut tendons in three of her fingers. She managed to get out from under the knife and began screaming and he ran off.
He was identified after detectives used CCTV cameras to track a white van spotted near the scene of the 2016 attack.
The judge praised the “excellent work” of the Garda in the three separate investigations. She also commended the courage and dignity of the complainants, saying: “I trust and hope they can rebuild their lives.”