Law & Order Failed African asylum seeker jailed for rape.

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A failed asylum seeker living in Mayo has been jailed for five years.

The 25-year-old who cannot be named to protect the victim's anonymity pleaded guilty to rape of the woman in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo on January 10, 2016.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy took into account the “very serious” effects of the offence on the victim and commended her strength of character. He noted that the accused man, an African national, had very difficult circumstances as a child and had not been in trouble in Ireland before. He noted that the man's application for asylum had been rejected and was currently under appeal.

Mr Justice McCarthy said he took into consideration the man's plea of guilty and the fact that he would serve his sentence as a foreign national in an Irish prison. He imposed five years imprisonment.
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