A man in his 20s has been jailed for six years with the final two years suspended for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

The offence occurred in the midlands last year, after the girl agreed to kiss the man in exchange for cannabis. 

The Central Criminal Court heard the girl had bought cannabis for a friend from the man. 

The next day, he continuously phoned her, and her friend told her to ask him for cannabis on credit. 

He agreed on condition the girl would meet and kiss him.

When they met, he assaulted her and refused to stop, even when the victim said she was in pain.

He told her: "It won't kill you."

Gardaí were notified the following day, when the girl told one of her teachers in school.

The man, a married father-of-one, is ashamed of what he did, the court heard.

Suspending the final two years, Mr Justice Paul Carney said he gave credit for the convicted man's early plea and his lack of previous convictions. 

He is to undergo 18 months post release probation service supervision and stay away from the victim for life.