Limerick character appeals conviction for raping ex-girlfriend

Eamon Roche is found guilty following an effort at Central illegal courtroom

A JURY that convicted a young Limerick character of raping his ex-partner inside the vehicles on a country street appropriate a garda vehicle chase wasn’t properly instructed by the trial assess, the judge of attraction is informed.

The demo court read that Eamon Roche (31) had texted the prey several hours after the guy raped her, stating: “Sorry if you are a bollocks”.

Roche, of Ballymorrough, Templegantine, district Limerick, have pleaded not guilty to committing a single amount of rape from the mommy of a single.

However, he had been convicted soon after a core illegal courtroom demo in April 2019 and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by Mr fairness Paul McDermott.

The judge ended up being advised your prey wishes for Mr Roche’s label to be published.

They have since appealed the conviction, as well as in paperwork submitted to the three-judge appellate court it actually was advertised Mr fairness McDermott failed to advise the jury correctly on the chance your defendant have been reckless in his behavior.

It absolutely was further reported your judge neglected to explain the importance the defence were setting throughout the ‘driving episode’ which occurred ahead of the rape and also the sms involving the defendant and complainant hours after ward.

The defence stated Mr Roche was basically apologising for speeding far from a garda checkpoint due to the fact car he’d come driving during the time did not have any taxation, insurance, or up-to-date NCT, and never for anything else.

Michael Bowman SC, protecting, informed the legal that although Mr fairness McDermott’s fee to the jury was in fact “immaculate, so far as they went”, it will went more and this there are “other issues to think about, eg recklessness”.

Advice in addition said that the protection and prosecution’s case had been “polar opposites” when it comes to consent.

Mr Bowman argued, however, there is place for a “middle-ground”, within that your idea of an “honest mistake” existed and that had not been answered of the trial assess.

Talking about the texted apology from his clients, Mr Bowman mentioned Mr Roche’s operating regarding evening concerned got “precipitated a qualification of rage” in the complainant and, in the client’s terms, she was because “mad as a dog” a short while later.

In reaction, Anne Rowland SC, for any Director of people Prosecutions, mentioned not simply have Mr Justice McDermott energized the jury properly “he went beyond the guy must within the circumstances of your case”.

“There got no error in this case,” she extra.

View from inside the charm has-been set aside.


Throughout orginal trial, Sergeant Paul Ahern told Caroline Biggs SC, prosecuting, that MR Roche was indeed in a commitment making use of the young woman for under per year.

The partnership have concluded but the pair remained family.

Sgt Ahern stated Roche while the complainant have consensual intercourse 2 times following connection finished.

On the night of the rape, the court was also told through the sufferer that implicated was creating at “crazy, absurd” speeds and she was actually “roaring like a maniac” for him to avoid.

She think she would definitely die, she stated.

Roche shook off gardai and removed right up at a layby.

It was at that point when Roche raped the complainant, the legal read.

The complainant after texted a friend claiming, “the guy required us to have sex yesterday evening. The Guy made use of their dead aunt as an excuse.”

Passing phrase, Mr Justice McDermott stated it was a crime of “serious intimate violence” that had enduring consequences for the girl that has to live with “constant reminders” of the abuse as it taken place close to their home.