The following is the result of a news archive search for all Republic of Ireland rape or sexual assault cases (including attempted rape or sexual assault) reported in the media from 1996 to 2015 where the victim was reported to be a sex worker.
1996 - Thomas Gerard Stokes was found guilty of falsely imprisoning, raping and sexually assaulting a sex worker following a 16 day trial. The jury returned majority 10-2 verdicts on the charges. The victim had been picked up by Stokes and another man and driven to the Wicklow Mountains where the offences took place. Justice Michael Moriarty sentenced Stokes to life in prison.
1997 - Meho Slavotic was found guilty by a 10-2 majority verdict of the oral rape of a sex worker who he had picked up by taxi and taken to his home in Dublin in 1995. He was found not guilty of two further charges of raping the woman on the same occasion. Justice Hugh Geoghegan sentenced Slavotic to 5 years in prison.
1998 - Patrick Quinn pleaded guilty to the oral rape of a sex worker in Dublin the previous year. Justice Paul Carney praised the Gardaí for "handling the case in a non-judgmental manner that accorded the prostitute her full constitutional rights." Quinn was initially sentenced to 5 years in jail, but the following week his sentence was suspended after he paid the victim £10,000 compensation.
1998 - Robert Melia pleaded guilty to 4 attacks on women in 1997. He had falsely imprisoned 4 women, and carried out aggravated sexual assault on 3 of them. There were also charges of assault causing harm, having a knife with intent to cause injury and robbery. 3 of the 4 victims were sex workers. Justice Paul Carney sentenced Melia to 9 years in prison. The DPP successfully appealed that this was unduly lenient and it was increased to 12 years.
1999 - Adrian Power was found guilty, following a 5 day trial, of falsely imprisoning and orally raping a sex worker in the Wicklow Mountains in 1994. The jury took under 90 minutes to return unanimous verdicts on both charges. His accomplice here, Thomas Gerard Stokes, had already been convicted in 1996. Power was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
1999 - Thomas Kidd pleaded guilty to raping 4 sex workers in Dublin in 1997. 3 of the offences involved oral rape and 1 vaginal rape. Sentencing Kidd to 7 years in jail Justice Paul Carney commended the Gardaí saying they had "an impressive record in vindicating the personal rights of prostitutes and did so in a non-judgmental fashion."
1999 - William Robinson was found not-guilty of rape and sexual assault but guilty of robbery of a sex worker in Dublin in 1997 after a 4 day trial. The jury took 2.5 hours to return its unanimous verdict. Justice Catherine McGuinness sentenced Robinson to 1 year in jail.
1999 - Simon McDonnell pleaded guilty to 2 charges of raping a sex worker in Dublin in 1997. Justice Paul Carney sentenced McDonnell to 7 years in jail, considering it an aggravating factor that he had asked the woman "How does it feel to have AIDs?" after the rape and buggery.
1999 - Brian Fergus Molloy pleaded guilty to the rape of a sex worker in Dublin on a date in December 1997 or January 1998. Molloy had told the victim he was an off-duty garda (police officer) and that "all the prostitutes in the area gave him free sex". Justice Paul Carney sentenced him to 5 years in jail.
1999 - Aidan Byrne was sentenced in June 1999 to five years in prison for raping 2 sex workers.
2000 - Gerard Kelly pleaded guilty to raping two separate sex workers on 2 separate dates in Dublin in 1998. Justice Paul Carney sentenced him to 7 years in jail.
2001 - A 32-year-old security worker pleaded not guilty to 7 charges concerning offences against two sex workers in Dublin in 1998. It was charged that he raped, orally raped and assaulted both women and had further anally raped one of them. The jury in the trial was discharged following the revelation of evidence which was not disclosed to accused's defence team. (This man later plead guilty prior to a new trial.)
2002 - A 29 year old road digger denied raping and falsely imprisoning a sex worker in Dublin in 2000. The verdict was not reported, and it is presumed he was not convicted.
2002 - A 38 year old Romanian asylum-seeker was found not guilty of falsely imprisoning and raping a sex worker at his flat in Dublin in 2001.
2002 - Michael Joyce pleaded guilty to the rape and oral rape of a sex worker in Dublin in 2000. The court heard Joyce's cousin was also involved in the attack. Justice Paul Carney sentenced him to 5 years in jail.
2002 - David Power pleaded guilty to an aggravated sexual assault on a sex worker in Cork in 2000. Justice Paul Carney sentenced him to 3 years in jail.
2003 - Three Romanian men went on trial accused of rape, oral rape, and false imprisonment of a sex worker in Dublin in 2000. Additionally one of the men was accused of robbery. It was reported that at one point whilst being cross-examined the victim threatened to slap leading barrister George Birmingham SC if he didn't "stop being so cocky" saying the incidents happened 3 years ago and she was "distraught, frightened and tired" when she had spoken to gardaí and medical people. Justice Barry White directed the Jury to find the men not guilty due to weaknesses, inconsistencies and contradictions in the victim's evidence.
2003 - Trevor Scobie, an ex-RUC officer (police officer), pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a sex worker in Dublin in 1999 minutes before his trial for rape was due to begin. He had originally been charged with rape, assault causing harm and robbery. A jury had failed to agree on the rape charge after a 5 day trial earlier in the year, but found him guilty of the assault and not guilty of robbery, and he was sentenced to 3 years in jail. Justice Paul Butler sentenced Scobie to 3 years in jail for the sexual assault, to run concurrently with the sentence he was already serving.
2003 - Thomas Dowling pleaded guilty to the rape of two sex workers, in two separate attacks on the same night in 1998. He pleaded guilty to 5 counts of rape and 2 of assault causing harm. He had gone on trial in 2001 for these offences but the case had collapsed following the revelation that evidence had not been disclosed to his defence team prior to the trial. He was due to go on trial again in 2004 before the guilty plea. Justice Paul Carney sentenced him to 8 years in jail.
2003 - Patrick McDonagh pleaded guilty to the rape and oral rape of a sex worker in Dublin in 2000. The court heard his cousin Michael Joyce had already been sentenced to 5 years in jail for his part in the attack. Justice Paul Carney sentenced McDonagh to 7 years in jail.
2004 - Stephen Doherty was found guilty of false imprisonment, rape, oral rape and threatening to kill a sex worker in Dublin in 2000. The jury acquitted him of anal rape after 2.5 hours of deliberation. Commenting on how the accused had admitted in his own evidence approaching the sex worker without any money in his pocket Justice Paul Carney said "It is well-known all over the world that prostitutes do not do business on credit". He sentenced Doherty to 10 years in jail.
2005 - Maurice Sugrue pleaded guilty to assault and sexual assault of a sex worker in Dublin in 2003. He paid €10,000 to the victim as compensation. Judge Yvonne Murphy also imposed a 9 month jail sentence.
2007 - Martin Stafford pleaded guilty to raping a sex worker in Dublin in 2005. Justice Paul Carney gave him a nine-year jail sentence. The DPP appealed but it was found not unduly lenient.
2008 - Billy Keogh was convicted of raping an escort / sex worker in a hotel in Waterford in 2006 after a 6 day trial. The jury returned a 10-2 majority guilty verdict following about six hours of deliberation and after one night in a hotel. Keogh was found not guilty of theft on the same occasion. The court heard Keogh had told the victim he was a Garda (police officer). The victim rejected a €30,000 compensation offer by Keogh. Justice Barry White sentenced Keogh to 5 years in prison, but suspended the last 3 years. Judge White was criticised in the media for both the leniency of the sentence and referring to Keogh as a "man of good character". A DPP appeal against the leniency of the sentence was dismissed.
2008 - A 35 year old Lithuanian man was found not guilty of raping and attempting to anally rape a sex worker in Dublin in 2006. The jury acquitted him after more than four hours of deliberation. The jury heard that after the accused paid the woman €200 she put a condom on him but discovered after they had been having sex for some minutes that he was no longer wearing it. The woman alleged that the accused continued to have sex with her when she asked him to stop.
2010 - Robert Boruncinski pleaded guilty to oral rape of a sex worker in Dublin in 2009. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and burglary. The court heard Boruncinski and an accomplice had attacked the sex worker and her colleague who were working together as escorts in an apartment. Boruncinski received a 10-year sentence with the final three years suspended from Justice Paul Carney.
2011 - A 40-year-old Dublin man pleaded not guilty to false imprisonment, oral rape, rape, sexual assault with a mobile phone, sexual assault with the threat of violence and threats to kills a sex worker in Dublin in 2009. The verdict was not reported, and it is presumed he was not convicted.
2012 - Paul Rooney pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of an escort in 2010. The court heard that he had held a knife to the victim's throat, but she struggled and managed to get away. He pleaded guilty the day the trial was due to begin. Justice Paul Carney initially imposed a prison sentence of seven years – two years suspended – but on hearing that compensation has been paid he reduced this to four years, two suspended.
2015 - A 40 year old Kerry man was found not guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a sex worker in Dublin in 2010 following a 6 day trial. However he was found him guilty of two counts of threatening or putting in fear a witness in a garda investigation in relation to attempts he made to get the victim to withdraw the rape complaint. The jury took just over two hours of deliberations to return the unanimous verdicts. Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced him to three years in jail with the last 18 months suspended.