Galway man gets four years for raping sister who has since tried to end her own life

A Galway man who does not remember raping his sister has been jailed for four years by the Central Criminal Court.

The 41-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to raping his younger sibling in a County Galway town on a date in February 2011.

The man told Gardaí he could not remember raping his sister as he had been very drunk at the time and taken “a load of D10s” or Valium tablets.

After forensic tests were carried out on his sister, he made full admissions and acknowledged that they must have had sex.

The court heard that the victim had been in a relationship that had broken down and had moved into her brother's bungalow just days before the attack

In a victim impact statement read out on her behalf, the woman said that, since then, she suffers from headaches, nightmares and flashbacks.

She has been admitted to psychiatric care since the offence and has tried to end her life on a number of occasions.

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed a seven-year sentence on her brother with the final three years suspended.

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