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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


An unemployed man in Cork, Ireland who held a woman down while another man raped her has been jailed for nine years.
Keith Aherne (23) was convicted last March at the Central Criminal Court of raping the woman in a park in Cork city on 28 June, 2013. He had denied the charge.
Another man, aged 22, pleaded guilty last March to raping the woman. He died this month before his sentence hearing.
Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said...
Aherne aided and abetted the commission of the offence and was liable as a principal offender. She said that rape is an attack on the bodily and psychological integrity of a woman.
She said Aherne held the victim down but accepted his role was the lesser one of the two men. She said the fact that Aherne declined to have sex himself with the woman was a mitigating factor affecting his moral culpability.
Ms Justice Kennedy said that the main aggravating factors were the severe impact of the attack on the victim and the fact that were two men present. She also noted Aherne’s young age, his history of addiction difficulties and his hopes to improve his life.
She sentenced Aherne to ten years with one suspended on condition he keep the peace and that he have no contact with the victim in perpetuity.
Aherne has 41 previous convictions including robbery, assault and possession of drugs.
The victim told the court that since the attack she lost all her confidence and “even my will to live”.
She said that Aherne had power over her on the night, saying “you held me down and watched while another man raped me”.

Source: The Journal

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