June 2002

Multiple rapist jailed for 12 years

A young Romanian woman sat composed yesterday as she heard the man who had subjected her to a horrifying 5-hour abduction and sex ordeal jailed for 12 years.

Belfast Crown Court had heard that Martin Joseph Doyle (24), a former sex offender and self-confessed rapist, had been on the sex offenders’ register and was being monitored by the probation service when he committed the offences against the girl in August last year.

Doyle, from Fairyknowe Park, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, had pleaded guilty to charges of rape, aggravated burglary and false imprisonment.

Lord Justice Nicholson heard how the 25-year-old woman was threatened with a knife, punched and tied up before being taken to the zoo where she was raped twice.

In his sister’s flat he stripped her and raped her twice more. Doyle bit her nipple, leaving lasting nerve damage. The court heard the girl was suffering from severe clinical depression and the symptoms were likely to take years to recede.