English man sentenced to nine years for Donegal Rape

A London man has been given a nine year sentence for the violent rape of a young foreign student he shared a house with in Donegal.

Mark McAnaw of Harrow View, Harrow, Middlesex denied the charges initially and claimed that he had simply hugged and comforted the 19-year-old student.

He later told the jury during his 10-day trial at the Central Criminal Court that the girl had instigated sex and led him to her bedroom.

The 40 year old has three previous convictions for public order in Ireland and a number of convictions from England which included a 1989 conviction for kidnapping for which he received the equivalent of the Probation Act.

He was convicted unanimously by the jury last month of oral raping the girl and sexually assaulting her on October 30, 2010.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy described it as an "out of the blue attack on a totally innocent victim."