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Cork man to be sentenced for raping Filipino nurse

Published 26/01/2009

A 32-year-old Cork man is due to be sentenced today for raping a Filipino nurse two years after he was released from a prison term for attacking two other women in Cork city.

David Hegarty, a father-of-one from Nutley Road in Mahon, pleaded guilty last week to raping the woman in May last year.

Mr Justice Paul Carney has already said a life sentence would be appropriate in this case, but he is prevented from imposing this because of a previous court decision.

Hegarty attacked the nurse in May last year at the bus depot in Cork City at 5.30 in the morning.

He dragged her into a lane and raped her, but they were seen by a man in a nearby car and he called the Gardai, who arrived at the scene and arrested him.

The court heard he raped two women in October 1998 and had been released from prison just two years when he raped this woman in May last year.

Mr Justice Carney said he was prevented from imposing a life sentence by a Court of Criminal Appeal decision, which set out that Hegarty could not be sentenced again for a past offence and punishment should be proportionate to the crime.

He said Hegarty had the propensity to rape again, but the female population would have to accept they may be targets in the future because of Hegarty's constitutional rights.

The 32-year-old will be sentenced later this morning.

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