Court quashes rape conviction
A WEXFORD man who was convicted by a jury of raping his son's 18-year-old girlfriend has had his conviction overturned on appeal.
The Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction of the 49-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the now 25-year-old woman.
The man was jailed for seven years by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy in June 2011, having been convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury the preceding April of raping and sexually assaulting the woman in County Wexford.
The trial heard that the defendant had sexually assaulted the woman after offering her a lift home from a pub.
Members of the woman's family gave evidence during the hearing.
The woman had told the court in 2011 that she had accepted a lift home from the accused but he drove past her house, pulled in at the side of a road, kissed her neck when she turned her face away, and said: 'You want this as much as me', before raping and sexually assaulting her.
The court heard that her family later rang Gardai after the woman had told her sister what had happened.
The defendant had pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault in August, 2006, which were alleged to have occurred in his car on August 13, 2006, and had continued to deny the attack after his conviction.
A jury had failed to agree on a verdict in an earlier trial in 2010.
The man appeared before the Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday last week and was remanded on bail to appear before the court on Wednesday, when the case was finalised.