DPP will appeal suspended sentence of man who raped girlfriend in her sleep

It will be argued that the original sentence was too lenient

DPP will appeal suspended sentence of man who raped girlfriend in her sleep

Magnus Meyer Hustveit, who received a seven-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault

An appeal against the sentence handed down to a man who raped his girlfriend while she slept in their Dublin home will be heard in February.

Magnus Meyer Hustveit returned to his native Norway after he was handed a fully suspended sentence in July.

His victim, Niamh Ní Dhomhnail, waived her right to anonymity so that her 25-year-old abuser could be named in public.

The DPP will argue that the seven-year suspended sentence was “unduly lenient”.

The full extent of the offending only emerged after Hustveit wrote to his former partner and told her he had been using her “body for my gratification” for nearly a year.

He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court in July to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault between 2011 and 2012.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said it was a very exceptional case. He said he had to consider the fact that there would be no rational case but for the confessions of the accused.

“In truth this case comes here today out of his own mouth,” he said before suspending the sentence.