The Galway man serving life for the murder of a Swiss student in 2007 has been handed down two further life sentences for rape.

Gerald Barry from Rahoon, Galway, was sentenced on two counts of rape of a French student in August 2007.

Last March he received a life sentence for the murder of Manuela Riedo in Galway city in October of the same year.

The young student had arrived in Galway just three days before she was murdered.

Giving his judgment at Galway Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Paul Carney said there was 'no tunnel of hope' to be built into the sentencing of Barry.

He said he was justified in imposing the maximum penalty of life imprisonment because he believed the accused had the propensity to rape and kill again.

Manuela Riedo’s parents have confirmed to RTÉ News that they are taking a case against the Irish State in relation to the death of their daughter.

A spokesperson for Hans Peter and Arlette Reido said they are currently consulting with legal professionals in Ireland and Switzerland about the case and will have more details about the nature of the case in the coming days.

Manuela’s parents said they were ‘delighted’ with the two further life sentences handed down to Barry.

They said they hope he never sees the light of day again and that he will never be released from prison.