Man jailed for seven and a half years for raping two women at his Sligo apartment

A father-of-one who raped two women in his apartment after meeting them on a night out in 2014 has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Clement Limen (45) of North Court, Quayside, Sligo town, was convicted after a trial at the Central Criminal Court this week of raping two women at his flat on June 2, 2014 and one count of sexual assault.

Garda Sergeant Martin McHale told the prosecution that Limen invited the two women back to his apartment for a party after meeting them in a nightclub on the June bank holiday weekend in 2014.

The court heard that the women, who were aged in their 30s, decided to travel back to his apartment with 10 other people he had invited from the club.

Both women recall him giving them “a very strong drink that tasted like vodka” before “going totally blank”.

During the trial, Limen denied raping either of the women, telling the court he made them “a cocktail with grenadine and vodka”.

In a victim impact statement, one woman told the court that her life had changed dramatically since that night.

The second woman said in her victim impact statement that she was still coming to terms with the incident that destroyed the last three years of her life.

The defense told the court that Limen was a university graduate from Cameroon, who had been living in Ireland for seven years, and had no previous convictions.

The court heard Limen intends to appeal his conviction as he does not accept the jury’s verdict.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey noted the trauma and anguish caused by Limen’s attacks on the women before he imposed a prison sentence of seven and a half years.

He also imposed a sentence of four years for the sexual assault count.