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Rapist Patrick Nevin who attacked women he contacted on dating app jailed

Prison: Patrick Nevin
Prison: Patrick Nevin

By Andrew Phelan

A serial sex offender who attacked women he met on Tinder has been jailed for 12 years.

Patrick Nevin (37) was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday for what a judge said were "predatory" sex attacks on women he met on the dating app.

He raped one woman and four days later subjected a second to a prolonged sexual assault in his parked BMW after driving them down secluded country lanes in Co Meath.

He had pleaded guilty last year to the rape of a woman at Bellewstown, Co Meath, on July 12, 2014. He further admitted sexually assaulting a second victim at an unknown place in Co Meath on July 16 that year.

Passing sentence, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon said "engaging in dating apps is not an invitation to rape and sexual assault".

She jailed Nevin for 14 years on the rape charge, with two years suspended for two years.

He was given a concurrent eight years for the sexual assault and the sentences were backdated to 2015.

Nevin, with a most recent address at Meadowlands Court, Dun Laoghaire, was previously given a five-and-a-half-year sentence for the July 23, 2014 sexual assault of a Brazilian woman he also met on Tinder.

All three 2014 attacks took place within the space of 11 days.

The court heard that after Nevin got in touch with the first victim (26) on the app she made it clear that she was not interested in "hooking up" or having a one-night stand.

Nevin collected her and drove towards Julianstown, stopping at a cemetery. There was some consensual sexual activity but Nevin then raped her. At one point he told her: "Don't worry, I'm not going to kill you here."

Nevin picked up the second victim (27) from her home and drove into Co Meath, stopping near a graveyard where they kissed consensually. He then repeatedly sexually assaulted her over a prolonged period while she told him "no" and "stop".

Nevin became angry. He told her that if she wasn't going to have sex with him she could "get out and walk". The woman got out of the car and Nevin followed her. His mood had changed, she got back into the car and he assaulted her a second time.

Nevin was interviewed in September 2014 in relation to the rape, when he told gardai he had "thousands of matches" on Tinder and had met up with "hundreds of women".

Ms Justice Creedon noted a psychological assessment of Nevin cited "hostility towards women" and "general social rejection".

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