Man from north London jailed for raping woman he met on dating app

Ryan Mulhern has been jailed for eight years and nine months (Met Police )

A man has been jailed for raping a woman he met on a dating app.

Ryan Mulhern, 41, from Highgate, was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison for rape and attempted rape following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

Police were called to a street in Haringey in March after a member of the public found the victim crying while claiming she had been raped.

The victim, aged 25, later told officers she had gone to Mulhern’s house after meeting him via a dating app.

After she arrived he began to rape her despite her pleas for him to stop.

In a statement read out in court, the victim said: “I reported you because it was the right thing to do. Even now, I do not feel hatred towards you and am saddened that we are in such a situation. However, I hate that your actions have made me feel unsafe, empty, and unworthy of others’ respect. I have to deal with the impact of your violence for the foreseeable future.

“This rape is a tragedy that could have and should have been avoided. Even if you struggle to feel remorse towards me, I hope you can understand the hurt you have caused to the ones closest to you and yourself.”

Detective Sam Lockstone, who led the investigation, said: “I hope the significant sentence handed down encourages other victims of rape to come forward, and brings the rape survivor in this case a sense of closure and justice.

“I am incredibly proud of my team for supporting the victim throughout this investigation with such professionalism.

“Arresting, charging and seeing Mulhern jailed within just three months of the incident shows the dedication and commitment our teams have in pursuing justice for these horrific offences.”

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