Two Leitrim men sentenced to seven years for rape

Two Leitrim men have received jail sentences of seven years for raping a woman at a house party.

The sentence was handed down this morning, when a jury found the first man guilty of rape and the second man guilty of oral rape.

They failed to reach an agreement on the count of rape against the second man.

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The men, who are both in their early 20s and knew the complainant from school, cannot be named to protect the victim’s anonymity.

Both had pleaded not guilty to rape while the second man also denied a charge of oral rape of the woman.

After the sentencing, some of the supporters of the men shouted at the woman, with one person claiming “You’re going to pay for this”.

In a victim impact statement, the woman said going through the trial brought back bad memories of the night and that she suffers from stress and anxiety since the rapes.

She said, “This will haunt me for the rest of my life, knowing that they chose to do this to me.”