A man has been jailed for nine years after he sexually abused and assaulted a 19-year-old teenager during a four-day “reign of terror” at a house in Cavan.
The 27-year-old accused had performed despicable acts on the teenager due to forming an “irrational” view that the teenager had ratted on him, as he was not issued a charge sheet after being released from custody over drug possession.
The Central Criminal Court heard that the man stabbed the victim numerous times and cut a crescent shape into the victim’s face, which is understood to be a “rat scar” in certain circles.
The court also heard that the man inserted sex toys into the victim and that the victim was given speed to stay awake. The co-accused, a 23-year-old woman carved the numbers 666 into the victim’s forehead while her 23-year-old brother assaulted the victim with a wrench and a dumbbell.
The ordeal ended after video footage which was circulating online of the abuse, came to the attention of the victim’s friends and family and a tracking device on his phone was used to help locate him and enable his escape.
The main accused pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, assault causing serious harm, false imprisonment, making threats to kill and robbery at a location in Cavan between the 17th and 20th of October 2019.
He has had 26 previous convictions in this jurisdiction and Northern Ireland which include theft, possession of drugs, possession of knives and public order offences.
The 23-year-old man pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and two counts of assault causing harm while the 23-year-old woman pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, assault causing harm, all offences at the same location in Cavan.
The man had 11 prior convictions which included assault, theft, criminal damage and public order offences while the woman had no previous convictions.
The woman was sentenced last May to four years in prison with the final three years and three months suspended while the 23-year-old man will be sentenced tomorrow.
On the 17th of October, the main accused and the victim travelled to Dublin to purchase cannabis and Zopiclone tablets.
As a result of their conduct while on the bus back to Cavan, the driver stopped and alerted gardaí. Both men were arrested and searched, with the drugs being found in the possession of the victim.
They were both released without charge and returned to the accused’s address. The accused grew irrationally suspicious of the victim not being issued a charge sheet which began the violence on the 17th of October until the 20th of October when he managed to escape.
The accused made no comment on the allegations made towards him. Stating that he was scarred for life, the victim said that he and the main accused were good mates, but not after what happened and that he is still trying to recover from the incident.
While stating that the main accused was the instigator of the false imprisonment, Mr. Justice Michael White sentenced the man to 11 years in prison with the final two years suspended on strict conditions which include that he follows all directions of the Probation Service for two years post-release.