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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Rapist who wrote blood apology to victim

The man's action confirms more

A Dublin man who drugged and raped a Spanish

student wrote an apology in blood on a prison

cell wall.

Eoin Berkley, 25, has pleaded guilty to three

charges of sexually assaulting the teenager over a

21-hour period on July 15 and July 16 last year.

A court heard how Berkley threatened to kill the

18-year-old after tying her up inside a tent located

at a derelict site.

Her ordeal finally ended when Berkley fell asleep

and she escaped, the Irish Mirror reported .

She told police: “I knew I would have only one

real chance to escape. He had total control of my

life over these days. I was terrified.”

When he was arrested and placed in a holding

cell Berkley, of Hampton Wood Way in Finglas,

Dublin, wrote “I’m so sorry” in his blood on the


The Central Criminal Court was told a month

before the attack, a Garda detective ordered the

25-year-old’s arrest under the Mental Health Act.

However, a doctor later decided he was fit to be


On Monday, Berkley admitted three counts of

raping the woman at the Irish Glass Bottle

Company site on Pigeon House Road in Dublin

last year.

The court heard the student, described as naive

and shy, had arrived in Ireland two weeks earlier

to improve her English. She was staying with a

host family in the capital.

The woman was in the city centre on a Saturday

afternoon when she met Berkley, who told her he

lived on the beach and invited her along.

She agreed and walked with him to a derelict site

near Sandymount, where he had a number of tents


Once inside the tent his mood changed. He

pushed her to the ground and grabbed her hands.

The victim told him he was hurting her but he

laughed, called her stupid and said he had “done

this before”.

She left the tent but was dragged back in. Berkley

then tied her hands behind her back with a dog

leash before claiming he had killed six people and

was going to kill her.

He repeatedly tried to strangle her and at one

point picked up a small saw, threatening to cut

off her hands if she didn’t stop struggling.

When the student begged him to kill her in the

least painful way, he gave her some tablets and

put on a pair of black gloves. She took the pills,

fell down and he began abusing her.

Over the hours that followed Berkley raped the

woman on three separate occasions. On the

Sunday he told her he wasn’t going to kill her until


He said he had stopped having feelings about

people at the age of 10 and had cut the paws off


The victim escaped when Berkley took her down

to the beach and fell asleep. In the meantime, the

host family in Dublin and her parents in Spain had

raised the alarm.

As she fled the student rang her dad, telling him:

“I’ve been kidnapped. I’m going to be killed.”

He told the court this was the worst call a father

could ever get.

The trial heard medical tests found morphine,

codeine and cannabis in the victim’s body after

the attack. She had suffered bruising to her wrist,

arms, legs and neck.

In a victim impact statement the woman told how

she had to take medication for months after the

rape in case of infections and is now scared to

sleep in the dark.

She said she thinks about what happened every

day, adding: “I was afraid. I did not want to be


Mr Justice Michael White adjourned sentencing to

next week. He remanded Berkley in continuing

custody until Thursday, November 1.

His lawyer Michael Bowman had earlier told the

court his client went into foster care at the age of

four. Ten years later he was institutionalised at

Ballydowd, a facility for unruly youths.

After leaving the unit he had been mostly


A month before the attack an officer directed his

detention under the Mental Health Act but he was

released by a doctor.

Two days later, Berkley’s brother rang gardai

saying he needed to be held under the Act.

Officers told him there was no basis for his

detention and advised him to seek medical care.

Berkley has 25 previous convictions including

unlawful possession of knives and threatening and

abusive behaviour.

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