A man who beat and raped a woman he met on Tinder has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years and ordered to stay off online dating apps.
Peter Loughran, of Glasnevin Downs, Ballygall, Dublin, recorded some of the attack and initially claimed what happened between them was consensual.
In her victim impact statement, the woman said she no longer feels safe after what Peter Loughran did to her on Jan 5th 2018. She said he destroyed her life.
After chatting on Tinder for a couple of weeks, Loughran called over to her apartment.
There was some consensual kissing, but she felt scared by how aggressive he became and asked him to leave.
He didn’t. Instead, he subjected her to what was described as a degrading sexual attack, during which he slapped her in the face and banged her head off the floor.
Despite her ordeal, she had the wherewithal to fake an illness and she pretended to faint. He panicked and she was able to get him out and raise the alarm.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott sentenced him to nine years in prison with the final eighteen months suspended on the condition he stays off online dating apps and doesn’t contact the victim or her family in any way.