The Court of Criminal Appeal has upheld the first ever conviction for marital rape in the State.

A Sligo man who was convicted of raping his wife after the birth of their child almost ten years ago had appealed his conviction to the court.

The man was found guilty in November last year and sentenced to six years in jail.

His estranged wife had told the court that after the rape, he had told her the guards would not be able to touch him as he was her husband.