A LIMERICK city man has been convicted of raping a woman almost three-and-a-half years ago.
During a trial, which lasted for almost two weeks, the 34-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had strongly denied raping and assaulting the now 31-year-old during a violent incident at a flat near the city centre on May 3, 2013.
It can now be revealed that last year another jury at the Central Criminal Court failed to agree a verdict resulting in a retrial - which began earlier this month.
Evidence in the retrial, which was heard before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin, concluded yesterday afternoon and the jury retired to begin its deliberations shortly before 3pm today.
The jurors susequently returned to courtroom number 10 with a unanimous guilty verdict.
Following the verdict, the defendant was remanded in continuing custody for a fortnight when a date will be fixed for a sentencing hearing.
He has been in custody since his arrest in 2012 having previously been refused bail following garda objections.
By law, the injured party is entitled to submit a Victim Impact Statement to the court as part of the sentencing process.