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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Limerick man jailed following rape conviction

A Limerick man who raped a woman in her Tipperary home has been jailed at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

31 year old Roger Ryan who is a native of the Clonlong Halting Site next to O'Malley Park was sentenced to 10 years in jail this morning after he was found guilty during his trial in January.

Mr Justice Carney told the defendant it was "a highly aggravating factor" that he had broken into the woman's house in the middle of the night.

The victim bravely told the judge that the rape had “seriously affected” her and that recently she had “felt suicidal”.

Ryan was found guilty by 10-2 majority at a trial in Clonmel last month. The attack happened on June 16th, 2006. Ryan has 85 previous convictions to his name including kidnap and assault. has the story background.

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