GAA player jailed for raping a sleeping woman at a house party in Kildare

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Brian Byrne (28) has been jailed for five years for raping a sleeping woman at a house party in Kildare back in 2015.

With an address in Laois, Byrne pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Central Criminal Court.

During the week-long trial, the jury heard that the woman did not invite Byrne to the bedroom or give any consent to join her.

She then stated that she was awoken by Byrne when she heard his breathing behind her and felt him raping her, she then ran into her sister’s room.

In an interview with gardaí, Byrne stated that sexual intercourse had taken place.

During the trial, he stated that she was awake when he entered the room and that she consented to sex.

Mr Justice Michael White stated that he wanted to give tribute to the victim and knew that this had been a terrible ordeal.

He added that the offence was aggravated by “predatory nature of the attack” and by the impact of the victim.

Mr Justice White also took into account the previous excellent character of Mr Byrne, employment record and references provided by his family and friends.

Following this, he sentenced Byrne to five years in prison.