Convicted killer jailed

A convicted killer and registered sex offender whose sexual assault on a woman was likened to a rape with a machete has been jailed for 13 years.

A convicted killer and registered sex offender whose sexual assault on a woman was likened to a rape with a machete has been jailed for 13 years.

Walter Morrissey (70) of Upper Bridge Street, Callan was found guilty of leaving his victim with life threatening injuries following an aggravated sexual assault at his home in Callan in December 1 2011.

Medical evidence was heard that when the injured woman was brought to hospital a doctor remarked that he didn’t know how she was still alive. Gynaecologist Dr Ray O’Sullivan said it was an injury more likely to be seen in woman raped with machetes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Justice George Birmingham called Morrissey a cunning, devious and manipulative man who represents a significant threat to public.

Following the assault there was blood rushing from his victim and she thought she was haemorrhaging. Morrissey called a GP but the woman refused to go to hospital when an ambulance crew came.

Morrissey called the GP again the next day when the woman was semi-conscious. Mr Justice Birmingham said that these calls were perhaps self motivated.

The woman told the trial that the accused offered her €10,000 to have a child for him. “He offered me €10,000 if I had a kid for him. He said I could have a child for him and go away,” she said. Morrissey told her if she didn’t have sex with him, “she knew where the door was”.

The trial heard graphic medical evidence in relation to the life threatening injuries sustained by the victim.

The victim spent four months in hospital recovering.