LETTERKENNY MAN CAN APPEAL RAPE CONVICTION TO SUPREME COURT – APPEAL COURT RULES

February 17, 2011

A Co Donegal man jailed for attempted rape of a woman while she slept after he climbed up a drain pipe into her house can appeal his conviction to the Supreme Court on grounds it raises points of law of public importance.The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday granted Raymond Gormley’s application. The court certified that points of law arose in the case which should, in the public interest, be determined by the Supreme Court.

These relate to a suspect’s right of access to a legal representative when the suspect is in Garda custody. The court had previously dismissed Gormley’s appeal to that court against his conviction.

Gormley (28), with an address at the Quiet Moment apartments, Letterkenny, was convicted in 2007 at the Central Criminal Court of attempted anal rape on April 24th, 2005. He denied the charges, and was jailed for six years and directed to be registered as a sex offender.

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