April 2008

Man who raped teen sisters gets 13 years

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A man who raped the two teenage sisters of his former girlfriend has been jailed for 13 years.

Trevor Casey (31) was convicted by a jury last February on eight charges involving four counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault on the girls, then aged 14 and 16, in 2003 and 2004 at three Cork addresses.

Casey, of Closes Road, Fairhill, Cork, had pleaded not guilty to 14 charges at the start of his trial.

The jury failed to reach a decision on three of the counts and acquitted him on three others, two of these by direction of the judge.

The victims and their family said they wanted Casey named in media reports of the trial. Both victims gave evidence that he raped them after they awoke to find him in their beds.

Casey said in evidence during the trial that he never had any sexual relationship with either girl and described as “sick” an allegation that he abused one of them while his son slept in the same room.

Defence counsel Tim O’Leary told Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy at the Central Criminal Court that Casey still maintained his innocence and noted this “circumscribed” his submissions in mitigation.

Mr O’Leary handed in testimonials from several prominent people which he said indicated that Casey came from “a family held in very high regard” in Cork.

“He comes from good stock and is of good stock”.

Mr O’Leary said there were matters to Casey’s credit to be considered by the court.

“This sentence will wreak devastation not only on my client, but also on his parents,” counsel said.

The prosecution said the Director of Public Prosecutions placed the offences in the case as being “at the upper end of the scale”. It noted some of the sex assaults carried 14 years’ imprisonment. It added “the fact that other juveniles were present for some of these offences is a significant matter”.

Mr Justice McCarthy was told that the younger victim has been admitted into psychiatric care on occasions as a result of being abused by Casey.

He was told she kept a diary in which she recorded what happened and the effect it had on her, causing her “to hate my life”.

She wrote in one entry: “Leave me alone” and also “I wish I was dead”.

Mr Justice McCarthy directed that Casey’s name be added to the register of sex offenders.

He said sex offender rehabilitation could only happen if the offender accepted responsibility but Casey hadn’t..

The judge noted personal letters from Labour TD Kathleen Lynch and from a former Lord Mayor of Cork, John Murray, indicating that Casey came from a good family with integrity.

However, there was little in the way of mitigation arising from them, he said.

The judge imposed six-year concurrent sentences on the earlier rape charges in relation to the eldest victim, and a consecutive seven-year term in relation to later rapes on this victim.

He imposed a consecutive seven-year term for the rapes on the second victim. This totalled 14 years but he suspended the final year. He imposed four-year concurrent terms for the sexual assault charges.