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A Kerry man who twice raped a 73-year-old woman after breaking into her home and leaving her “waiting for death” has been jailed for 13 years at the Central Criminal Court.

26-year-old Anthony Hussey of Ardshillane, Sneem was wearing a balaclava and dressed in dark clothing when the woman found him in her bedroom on September 20th, 2014.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the woman was violated in the vilest manner in her own home.

The judge praised her immense courage and determination.


Gavel 4Anthony Hussey of Ardshillane, Sneem told the woman that  his boss was making him do it and that he didn’t want money.

“It’s just one thing and you are going to like it,” Hussey said before he told the woman there were three more men outside.

She screamed and struggled with him but he pushed her to the floor and placed his hands over her mouth.
He sexually assaulted her and raped her vaginally and anally.

Afterwards he said, “you enjoyed that didn’t you?”

Hussey had pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and anal rape at the woman’s home on September 20th, 2014.

He was a bar manager at the time and never came to garda attention before or since; he was registered as a sex offender when he entered his guilty plea last March.

A report from a forensic psychologist stated Hussey didn’t have common characteristics found in the personality profiles of sexual predators, but it did make reference to him watching “hardcore pornography” and visiting a prostitute.

“One runs short of words to describe the seriousness of some of the offences that come before the court, particularly offences of a sexual nature,” Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said.

He said: “This must be regarded as a sexual offence, of its class, of the serious conceivable kind. The intrusion makes this case stand out in its seriousness.”

He commended the victim as “a deeply impressive witness” who took the stand to deliver a powerful victim impact statement as part of her healing process.

Mr Justice McCarthy said he was considering Anthony Hussey’s “otherwise good character”, his letter of apology and, most importantly, his guilty plea. He said this entitled him to a discount to his sentence of between a quarter and a third.

He imposed a 13 year sentence which was backdated to when he went into custody in 2014. The judge also imposed a five year post release supervision order.

If you’re affected by this issue, you may contact the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre at 1800 633 333.