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Teen gets eight years for raping girl

Victim's mother taunted on mobile phone after assault

By Claire McNeilly

An Ulster teenager who raped a young girl twice before he or his accomplice cousin phoned her mother to boast of his evil deeds was today sent to prison for eight years.



Michael Sean Quinn first attacked his 15-year-old victim in the forecourt of a Belfast filling station on an August evening in 2005 in what the trial judge branded a "deplorable episode".

Quinn (18), of Glasvey Drive, Twinbrook, was found guilty of seven charges namely rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment.

But his cousin Terence McKenna (18), of Finaghy Road North, walked free from court despite being handed a 15-month jail sentence for his part in the incident.

The victim's mother was phoned and taunted after the attack which the judge, Mr Justice Hart, said: "Undoubtedly added to her stress at what had occurred."

And the judge added that, although there "must be a strong suspicion that the phone calls were made by one of the defendants", the prosecution cannot say which.

He added: "In those circumstances, neither can be held responsible."

The 15-year-old victim, from England, was raped twice during the attack on August 6, 2005.

The first assault took place at the forecourt of a filling station and the second at Colin Glen Golf Centre in the Blacks Road area.

Quinn had denied the charges at the start of his trial but later changed his plea.

On sentencing him to eight years in prison, Mr Hart said: "There is little evidence to indicate that he feels any genuine remorse for his conduct on this occasion."

Mr Hart told Belfast Crown Court that McKenna - who was a juvenile at the time of the attack - had already served the equivalent of his jail sentence while in custody. He ruled that he would still have to spend two years on probation after he was convicted of false imprisonment and robbery.

Taking into account McKenna's youth, record and evident remorse the judge said: "In terms of gravity, his conduct on this night, while deplorable, was less culpable than that of Quinn."

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