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A Kerry man who forced his way into the home of a intellectually disabled woman and violently sexually assaulted her has been sentenced to 12 years.

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His 58-year-old victim stated in a victim impact report that she is no longer able to live on her own.

The 29-year-old fisherman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court last November to aggravated sexual assault of the woman at a location in Kerry on July 29, 2011.

He has no previous convictions.

The man had briefly met the woman earlier in a pub when she had gone there to buy cigarettes. Later on he went to her house and asked was there a party on. She told him there wasn’t and he went away.

He came back half an hour later and when she answered he forced his way in. He grabbed her throat and punched her in the head.

He banged her head off a door and a radiator before pushing her into her bedroom.

The man pulled her clothes off and had non-consensual sexual intercourse with her on the floor. During the attack he burned her face with a cigarette.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt had remanded the man in custody after hearing evidence last April.

Today he suspended the last four years of the sentence on strict conditions including that he liaise with the Probation Service for two years upon his release from custody and stay away from the victim for 12 years.

He acknowledged that the man has since exhibited remorse and expressed a want to engage in rehabilitation.