Serial rapist Simon McGinley has been released from prison after serving his sentence for the shocking rape of a pensioner.
This earlier rape of a 13-year-old girl sparked litigation in the C case over whether she could travel to the UK for an abortion.
He left Arbor Hill prison in Dublin city center this morning after completing his 21-year sentence imposed in 2009 for sexually assaulting 85-year-old woman In Monaghan.
Leaving prison with a plastic bag, McGinley was wearing a dark jacket and had a mask covering his face.
When asked by the Sunday World if he would apologize to his victims as he left prison, McGinley declined to comment.
The notorious ex-offender was then picked up by a taxi driver and driven out of prison.
McGinley was told at his trial that he would be under post-release custody for 12 years.
Delivering sentencing in 2009, Judge George Birmingham said the case was one of the worst he had heard, given the victim’s age and frailty.
McGinley, then 35, was found guilty by a jury on June 16, 2008 of raping the older woman. He had denied the charges.
The woman, known as Miss C, was also in court to hear McGinley’s verdict, where the older woman’s daughter opened up about the devastating effects the rape had on her mother.
“What is most heartbreaking is the loss of our mother’s zest for life,” said the victim’s daughter.
The elderly woman was unable to testify at trial because of her worsening dementia, but testimony she made at a previous district court hearing in October 2008 was read to the jury.
A drunk McGinley had repeatedly raped her that night, once putting his hand over her mouth when she cried out.
Judge Birmingham said the crime was “as bad as it gets” and on the higher end of the spectrum.
The only place an elderly lady should feel safe and family members should feel safe is at home, he said.
It was also heard how cowardly McGinley wanted to serve out his time at Arbor Hill because he was “deeply concerned” for his safety behind bars.
In 2009, “Miss C” spoke to RTÉ radio about McGinley’s brutal assault that left her pregnant and sent to various foster homes.
She was also caught at the center of a notorious legal battle over her right to travel for an abortion when a decision to send her to the UK was rejected by pro-life activists.
“He ruined my life and I’m still dealing with it. My life is destroyed.”
“I never got a school or anything like that. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to kill myself, but I have a little five-year-old son now, so he keeps me going,” she said at the time.
She spoke of living in constant fear and receiving death threats.
Her ordeal began in 1997 as a 13-year-old schoolgirl when she babysat McGinley’s children and he insisted on taking her home afterwards.
“He passed the stop [where she lived] and I said ‘where are you going?’ and he said, “I’m going up the street to get matches and cigarettes,” and then he pulled to the side of the street and dragged me into the back of the van, raped me, and started beating me around.
“He did it again. He did it maybe 20 times that night. I tried to escape. I got out of the van and he ran after me, grabbed my throat and threw me back into the back of the Vans and raped me again and after he finished the rape he dumped me home and put a knife to my throat and said if I told anyone he would kill me and my whole family.”
She only found out she was pregnant when a foster mother took her to the doctor because she kept getting sick. “The next morning I woke up and there were all the social workers at the table,” she said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/c-case-rapist-simon-mcginley-walks-free-after-serving-time-for-horror-pensioner-attack-41989134.html C-case rapist Simon McGinley is freed after serving time for a horrific assault on a pensioner