Serial burglar sentenced to nine years for raping Dublin woman

A serial burglar who broke into a woman’s house in Dublin and raped her twice has been jailed for nine years.

Gerard Kane of Dominic Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin pleaded guilty mid-trial to the attack on June 11 last year.

The victim was woken at 1.30am by a noise to find Kane standing in her bedroom doorway with socks on both hands carrying a hammer, screwdriver and small torch.

Terrified she started shouting ‘What do you want?’.

Kane initially demanded to know where the safe was but then raped her twice and threatened to bury her in the back garden and said he would hang himself if she went to the gardaí.

As he left, he gave her a hug and asked for her number so he could take her out to dinner.

The woman still suffers flashbacks and nightmares.

The 36 year old has spent most of his adult life in prison for various crimes including burglary, drugs and assault but has no previous history of sexual offences.

He has been given a 12 year sentence with the final three years suspended and one year post release supervision.

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