Rapist to appeal conviction

A KILKENNY man who was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting a girl who lived next door from her First Holy Communion day until she was 13 years of age is making an application to seek leave to appeal his conviction, writes Mary Cody.

A KILKENNY man who was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting a girl who lived next door from her First Holy Communion day until she was 13 years of age is making an application to seek leave to appeal his conviction, writes Mary Cody.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons was convicted in November 1998 of six charges of rape and seven of indecent and sexual assault on the girl on dates from 1982 to 1991.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill told the man he had engaged in depravity and brutality of the worst kind by his furtive and secret manipulation of the girl. He imposed a total sentence of eight years. All the sentences were to run concurrently and leave to appeal was refused at the time. The defendant served his time and was released from custody a number of years ago. The application to seek leave to appeal his conviction is listed before the Court of Criminal Appeal on March 11