11 Aug 2022

Man to be sentenced later for the rape and attack of a woman he met on dating app Tinder

Man to be sentenced later for the rape and attack of a woman he met on dating app Tinder

A man who attacked and raped a woman in her home after meeting her on the dating app Tinder will be sentenced next month.

During the attack Peter Loughran (36) banged the woman's head off of the floor and slapped her in the face when she started praying out loud. At one point he began filming her with his phone and slapped her in the face when she tried to cover her face with her hair.

Loughran of Glasnevin Downs, Ballygall, Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and oral rape at an address in Dublin on January 5, 2018. He has four previous convictions, including convictions for possession of drugs, drink driving and public order offences.

Garda Catherine Byrne told Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, that a week or two before the incident, the victim had me Loughran on Tinder and they struck up a conversation.

They later met at her apartment in the city and were kissing when Loughran became aggressive and said he would massage the woman's back. He turned her around and during the massage Loughran put his hand under her top and grabbed her breast.

The victim got “scared” and told the man it was time for him to go.

Loughran asked for water and followed her into the kitchen where she said he should leave. He said it was cold and asked if he could go to her bedroom so he could get warm as it was the only room with a heater and she replied he could get warm before leaving.

In the bedroom Loughran took off the victim's clothes “very aggressively”. Loughran penetrated the victim's vagina and anus with his fingers on several occasions.

He raped the victim while not wearing a condom, but was only able to insert the top of his penis. He also bit the woman's breasts.

At one point he started to film her with his phone and slapped her in the face when she tried to cover her face with her hair. She started screaming and he hit her head off of the floor three times.

At another stage he stopped touching her for a while and she started praying out loud. He told her to stop and slapped her in the face.

The victim believed that the incident would “go on for days” and started trying to “negotiate” with the man. She said she had a boyfriend who would soon arrive and a flatmate who was moving in the next morning, but Loughran did not believe either of her claims.

She tried to calm him down and reminded him of his family who he had mentioned in conversation earlier. He became calmer and said he would go if she helped him ejaculate.

She asked how and he said she could give him oral sex, which she did. Loughran “praised” her and said he would now “fuck her ass”, causing her to panic and start kicking and punching.

The incident came to an end when Loughran allowed the victim to go to the bathroom, but came with her and refused to leave. While in the bathroom the victim pretended to vomit, tried to force herself to vomit and told him she was insulin dependent.

The victim pretended to faint and told Loughran that she would die unless she went to a hospital. He started to panic, put his clothes on and said he would take her to hospital.

As they left the apartment the victim pretended to collapse and Loughran told her to wait and he would go get his car. Once he had left her flat she went inside, locked the door and immediately called gardaí.

The victim was brought to hospital by gardaí, where she was examined and found to have bruising on numerous parts of her body including her genital and anal area.

In interview with gardaí following his arrest, Loughran denied the offences and said that “90 per cent of what she said was not true”. He said that what sexual contact there had been was consensual and he denied violently attacking her.

Gda Byrne agreed with James Dwyer SC, defending, that his client told gardaí he had grown up in Monaghan. She agreed his client had agreed to go into custody of his own volition after pleading guilty in October 2020.

Justice Paul McDermott adjourned the case to April 30, next, when victim impact evidence and the plea in mitigation will be heard.

Additional evidence

Gda Byrne gave the evidence that Loughran had initially invited the victim to his address but the woman said she did not want to leave her home. He arrived outside her address in the early hours of the morning on the date in question.

The victim invited Loughran into her apartment and they had a conversation about general things. He drank half a beer and said he had drunk a lot of whiskey that day, but the victim later said she did not get a smell of alcohol from him and he did not seem drunk.

After leaving the apartment for a short time so the victim could smoke a cigarette, they returned and Loughran sat beside her on her bed. He kissed her and she kissed him back, but she did not like the kiss.

At this point Loughran “aggressively” turned her around and said he wanted to massage her back during which he grabbed her breast.

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