Man who raped woman after luring her back to caravan jailed for 15 years

The judge said he considered handing down a life sentence for the attack

A 59-year-old Kerry man who raped a woman after luring her back to a caravan from a pub in Dublin has been jailed for 15 years.

Richard O’Brien of Arlington Lodge, Church Street in Tralee has already served a sentence for rape and false imprisonment.

His victim was 49 when he approached her on a night out in Dublin in March 2011. She was celebrating a friend’s birthday.

The court heard he bought her a drink and invited her to a party. There was no party.

When they arrived at their destination, he led her to a caravan where he pushed her onto a bed, punched her and raped her.

Her ordeal only came to an end when two men entered the caravan.

Mr O’Brien had to be escorted out of his sentence hearing last month for screaming abuse at his victim. This morning, his barrister said he wanted to apologise to her for his outburst.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt described him an “exceptionally angry and aggressive person” who caused great harm to his victim.

He said he considered handing down a life sentence for this attack, such is the threat he feels he represents to the public.

But in the end, he handed down a 15-year sentence and ordered for him to be supervised for three years following his release.