WATERFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS FOLLOWING RAPE
A High Court judge has warned that if internet drinking contests continue they will result in a ‘tsunami of homicide and rape prosecutions’ before his court.
Mr Justice Paul Carney was speaking as he was sentencing a 38-year-old Waterford man who after drinking six to seven pints of beer raped an acquaintance having offered her a lift home from their local nightclub.
The married father of two – who pleaded guilty to rape in a wooded area outside a Waterford town in February 2011 – received an eight year sentence with the final three years suspended.
Mr Justice Carney said it was the latest case in a long line in which young men – with no previous convictions – take a quantity of drink they are not used to and end up the following morning facing responsibility for a homicide or a rape.