A man has been jailed for twelve years for tying up and raping a woman at a gaming convention in Dublin. Keith Hearne, who’s from Tallaght, also admitted falsely imprisoning Dominique Meehan at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown in July 2014. Our Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney reports:
At Keith Hearne’s sentence hearing, the court heard he admitted raping Dominique Meehan in a meeting room during the ArcadeCon gaming convention she was volunteering at.
She was preparing the room for a presentation when he locked the door, rugby tackled her to the ground, tied her hands behind her back with his tie and raped her.
She told Gardaí he threatened her with a knife he’d brought to the room in what was described as a “rape kit”.
Ms. Meehan waived her right to anonymity to he could be named. In her victim impact statement, she said she woke up every night crying for months after the attack thinking he’d come back to finish the job.
Today, Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy said he took into account the devastating effect the crime has had on the 24-year-old. He said it was clear it had an adverse impact on her career and future aspirations.
He then jailed Hearne for 12 years – a sentence that was greeted with applause from the public gallery.