A RAPIST WHO successfully challenged the constitutionality of a law stopping the payment of his State contributory old age pension, has lost an appeal against the severity of his 12 year jail term.
The 77-year-old, whose details cannot be published to protect the victim’s identity, had denied 60 counts of sexual assaulting and 14 counts of raping his daughter at locations in Galway and Roscommon on dates between January 2002 and September 2006.
He was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury following a retrial. Justice Paul Carney imposed concurrent 15 year sentences on each rape count and 10 year sentences on each sexual assault count with the final three years suspended in May, 2011.
The man lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence today with the Court of Appeal unable to identify an error in either the sentencing judge’s approach or conclusions.
Giving judgment in the three-judge court, Justice John Hedigan said the man was the victim’s