A man who kidnapped a young woman in Dundalk and subjected her to a terrifying night of physical abuse has been jailed for 8 years.
The judge noted that Daniel Caroll (23), Francis Hughes Park, Belleeks, Newry had pleaded guilty “on a staggered basis” to offences of kidnapping, false imprisonment, causing actual bodily harm, driving while banned and without insurance, all on December 21, 2012.
The court heard how the victim was bundled into a car near the Market Square and driven over the border. Carroll repeatedly punched the victim in the face during the attack while his accomplice Aileen Gray, Ardcarn Park, Newry drove the vehicle.
His accomplice left the vehicle and Carroll took over the driving, at which point his victim attempted to befriend him in order curtail his attacks on her.
He made an advance on her which was rejected and he then offered that she could sleep in any bed in the house.
She was left alone for a short time and managed to escape.
The judge described the woman as having the world at her feet before the chance encounter with the defendent. Carroll was sentenced to 8 years, 4 in custody and 4 on supervised license. The case of Ms Gray was deferred until next year to monitor her behaviour.