A Carlow man who raped and seriously assaulted a woman, leaving her with a permanent brain injury, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Man given 18-year sentence for 'devastating' assault
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy described it as a "devastating physical attack and rape" and said in his experience the offence was the most serious of it kind -writes rte.ie
34-year-old Anthony Cassidy, from Tinryland, Carlow, attacked his victim as she was walking to a shop in the early hours of the morning.
He raped her and severely beat her before dumping her unconscious body on the outskirts of a town.
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