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Trevor Byrne attacked woman within 13 hours of release

Trevor Byrne
Image caption In the last 18 years, Byrne has attacked three women - despite only being out of prison for fewer than 40 hours

A 32-year-old convicted rapist who attacked a Dublin woman within 13 hours of being freed from prison is to be sentenced next month.

Trevor Byrne of O'Devanny Gardens in the city tried to a rob a 24-year-old French woman after forcing his way into her home in September 2009.

Byrne was under police surveillance after his release from prison that day.

He had just served a term for attacking another woman 36 hours after his release for a previous rape.

In the most recent attack, Byrne followed the woman to her home in Leo Street in Dublin in the early hours of the morning and forced his way into her home.

He then brought her upstairs but fled when she managed to wake one of her flatmates.

She told a court on Friday that she since suffered nightmares.

When that attack occurred, Byrne had just finished a five-year sentence for attacking and threatening to kill a nurse from the Philippines in September 2005.

That attack came 36 hours after his release from a 15-year sentence for raping a woman in November of 1993.

That woman was 18 years of age. Byrne hit her with a brick and told her he had to kill her.

When he was granted three hours temporary release from prison to attend his brother's funeral in January of this year, three police were assigned to watch him.

The court heard that over the last 18 years, the 32-year-old had attacked three women - despite only being out of prison for fewer than 40 hours.