Man raped fiancee after they bought engagement ring court hears
Recovering alcoholic drank heavily before attack
A recovering alcoholic who had been off drinking for several months until the night he attacked his fiancee, tried to force his partner to drink vodka from a bottle then raped and assaulted her at their home in County Donegal, an Irish court heard this week.
According to BreakingNews.ie, the accused man, who has not been named, pleaded guilty to rape, aggravated sexual assault, and assault.
The Irish Central Criminal Court heard that the two were in a relationship on the night of August 17, 2008, when the incident occurred. They have one child together, but they have since separated.
On the morning before the events took place, the pair, who are both recovering alcoholics, had gone into town where they paid off some debts. That day they also purchased an engagement ring.
Later that evening, the accused man went out socializing and 'drinking very heavily throughout that evening,' the court heard. He returned to the home he shared with his partner after 3AM.
She was in bed where he shouted at her for calling his cell phone while he was out socializing. He had a bottle of vodka in his hand and he then forced it into her mouth. She jumped out of the bed and he grabbed her and committed the offenses.
The woman reportedly sustained very heavy bruising around her face and eyes. She waited at the house until the accused man fell asleep and she then escaped.
In an impact statement, the woman said that she has since left the area where the offenses occurred and that she is now 'virtually a recluse.' She added that she has 'flashbacks and nightmares' about the attack and has gone from being a friendly woman to a nervous person. She is not able to form relationships with men and cannot be alone with a man.
The court heard that the accused man told the police he had been raped when he was young.
Defense Counsel Brendan Grehan said that his client had pleaded guilty before the trial and has no previous convictions for sexual offenses or any serious violence.
The man was remanded in custody for sentencing next Monday, July 30.
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