rape trial

  • Two Co Leitrim men were jailed yesterday for seven years for raping a woman who had blacked out at a house party in 2017.

    Last November, a jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted the men of rape and oral rape respectively.

    Ms Justice Eileen Creedon said the evidence in the trial was that the woman was vulnerable on the night as a result of being drunk, and the men had taken advantage of this.

    The two men, who are aged in their early 20's and knew the complainant from school, cannot be named in order to protect her identity.

    Both had pleaded not guilty.

    The judge suspended the final year of an 8-year prison term for both men on condition they co-operate with assessments for sexual offending risk and treatment.

    After the sentence was handed down, some of the men's supporters shouted at the victim, with one person shouting "you're a liar" and "you're going to pay for this".

    The Rape Crisis Network has condemned the remarks, and called on Gardai to investigate the threats made to the victim after the judge had left the courtroom.


  • A Leitrim woman has told a trial that she awoke twice from a drunken blackout to find two men raping her.

    The alleged rapes took place at the end of a party in a flat in a Co. Leitrim town.

    The two Leitrim men have pleaded not guilty to rape at a place in the county on a date in 2017. The second accused also denies a charge of oral rape.

    The defendants and the complainant are now aged in their 20s.

    The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court before Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury.