Man jailed again for marital rape

A Sligo man has been jailed for six years for raping his wife. This was the second time he was sentenced for this crime, having had his first conviction quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2004.

The man, who is in his late 40s, was originally convicted of raping his wife in 2002. At that time, the court heard that on the night of the rape in 1997, the woman had told her husband that she did not want to have sex, as she had recently given birth and was still bleeding. Her husband attempted to rape her, but fell asleep as he was drunk.

He woke up a few hours later and raped her on this occasion. Their newborn baby was in a cot at the end of the bed.

During her evidence, the woman had said her husband 'had acted as if it was his right' to rape her. At that time, he was found guilty and given a six year jail sentence.

However in 2004, the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction on a technicality and ordered a retrial. Last November, he man was found guilty for a second time, making this the only standing conviction for marital rape in Ireland.

At the Central Criminal Court today, he was again sentenced to prison for six years.

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