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PAEDO'S DEATH PENALTY PLEA.

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

A PAEDOPHILE who raped an eight-year-old girl told a judge yesterday he would "gladly" face execution.

Patrick Kavanagh, from Carrigban, Bunclody, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to eight sample charges of raping the child.

The attacks happened between 2002 and 2006.

Kavanagh, 34, told Judge Paul Carney: "If I could get the death penalty, I would gladly take it."

He faced 53 counts of attacking the girl between the ages of eight and 12.

The Central Criminal Court heard Kavanagh surrendered himself to Bunclody Garda station and said he had heard about the allegations and wanted to make a statement.

Kavanagh said from the witness box he hoped his sentence would bring closure to the victim and her family.

Jailing Kavanagh for 11 years, Mr Justice Carney directed he be registered as a sex offender and to undergo five years postrelease supervision.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2007
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