Man sentenced for rape at Tuam hotel

A former Galway hotel manager has been sentenced to six years for raping a young woman when she fell asleep in one of the rooms.
40 year old Lee Wainwright escorted the victim to the room and asked if he could also sleep there after they had both attended a function at the Corralea Court Hotel in Tuam.
Wainwright was working at the hotel as an assistant manager at the time.
He initially told gardaí he couldn’t remember raping the woman and then denied it outright, saying he couldn’t have sex because of a medical condition.
He later pleaded guilty after his DNA was found on the victim.
Wainwright of Curragh Park, Tuam and originally from the UK, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape at the hotel on a date in 2014.
Mr Justice Paul Butler imposed a six-year term with the final two years suspended.
He said the offence fell into “the lower third of seriousness but the lower third of a very serious offence that can merit a life sentence.”
He noted Wainwright’s good work record, lack of previous convictions and the fact that he was in a long term relationship with his fiancée.
The woman read a victim impact statement to court stating that for weeks afterwards she felt she couldn’t get “the filth of him” off her no matter how much she washed.
She outlined how her trust in people had been shattered since the rape and how her relationship had ended due to her partner’s feelings of helplessness from that night.
Wainwright’s counsel read a letter of apology to the woman in which Wainwright said he was “sincerely sorry” to her and her family for his actions.”