Man jailed five years for raping woman he met on online dating app

Martin Sherlock called over to the woman's home in August 2015

A man who raped a woman he met online has been jailed for five years.

The court heard Martin Sherlock - a business analyst with an address at Athlumney Wood in Navan, Co Meath - stole her phone afterwards.

Sherlock was living with his now-fiancée when he called over to the woman's home in Dublin in the early hours of August 13th 2015.

His trial heard they had met on an online dating app called 'Badoo' and had arranged for him to call over that night.

But she thought he was not coming and was getting ready for bed when he arrived, saying he just wanted to chat.

Once inside, they engaged in some consensual sexual activity but she told him she did not want to take things any further because they did not have a condom.

Despite that, he persisted and afterwards he told her she should get the morning-after pill but he refused to go with her when she asked him to.

The court heard he stole her phone on the way out.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy noted the fact he had not shown any attrition for what he did and he said it was not appropriate for his family to appeal to him in relation to sentencing.

He then jailed him for five years.