Rapist of 86-year-old appeals conviction

A CONVICTED rapist with an address in Monaghan is appealing his conviction for a brutal attack on an elderly woman.

A CONVICTED rapist with an address in Monaghan is appealing his conviction for a brutal attack on an elderly woman.

Simon McGinley (37), Latlorcan, Monaghan, who is originally from Dundalk, was convicted in 2008 of repeatedly raping an 86-year-old woman. He had been previously convicted for raping a 13-year-old girl who went on to become the centre of the ‘C Case’ in the 1990s.

Mr McGinley, a father of three children originally from Dowdalshill, Dundalk, Co Louth, is appealing both his conviction and the length of the sentence.

The elderly victim was unfit to give evidence at the trial in 2009 but the offence was described as “as bad as it gets” by the judge who imposed a 21 year sentence.

While McGinley was sentenced to 21 years in prison, with remission he will serve less than 16 years and he will be released when he is 50.

In 1997 he was jailed for raping his babysitter, a then 13 year-old girl from the travelling community. McGinley initially fled but was later apprehended by gardaí in Dundalk in November 1997 and charged with the rape of the girl.

The young victim became pregnant as a result of the rape and was taken into care. She went to the courts, winning approval to have an abortion in the UK against the wishes of her parents.

The judge on that occasion described the attack as a “dreadful evil act”.