A Galway man has been convicted of orally raping a young woman who had fallen asleep in his van while he gave her a lift home from a night out.

The 46-year old man had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one charge of orally raping the then 20-year-old woman at a Galway location in the early hours of November 5, 2015.

Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon ordered that reporting restrictions remain in place until after the man is sentenced in May.

The court heard the man has no previous convictions.

The jury of eight men and four women took four hours and 15 minutes to return their majority 11-1 verdict.

The judge directed the man be registered as a sex offender and remanded him on continuing bail until his sentence date in May.




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