A serial sex offender who attacked three women in the space of 11 days after meeting them through the Tinder dating app will be sentenced for two of the attacks next month.

Earlier this year 37-year-old Patrick Nevin was due to stand trial for raping a woman in his car in Co Meath in July 2014.

He changed his plea to guilty after a legal ruling which would have allowed a jury to hear evidence about two other similar attacks.

At the Central Criminal Court he admitted raping a woman at Bellewstown in Co Meath on 12 July 2014, and to the sexual assault of a second woman at an unknown place in Co Meath on 16 July 2014.

He was also convicted by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last December of sexually assaulting a foreign student after driving her to the UCD campus in south Dublin on 23 July 2014.

He had denied the charge and is due for sentence on that offence later this week.

The court heard that at the time there was a suspended sentence in place for a conviction in 2012 for possession of a stun gun.

The court also heard he had previously served a seven-year sentence for a brutal assault on, and threatening to kill, his partner after he had killed their two dogs.

The father-of-two is in custody since his conviction last December but has former addresses at Meadowlands Court, Mounttown Road, Dún Laoghaire and Dundalk, Co Louth.

The Central Criminal Court was told Nevin was a very active participant on Tinder in July 2014 and later told gardaí he had "thousands of matches" and had met hundreds of women.

On 12 July he got in touch with a woman who made it clear she was not interested in a sexual relationship and they arranged to meet up.

He collected her in his car, drove her to a remote location in Co Meath where there was some consensual sexual activity but he then proceeded to rape her.

The second incident four days later followed a similar pattern.

He met a 27-year-old woman on Tinder and arranged to meet her.

He drove her to a remote location in Co Meath where he repeatedly sexually assaulted her over a prolonged period of time.

He threw her out of his car on an isolated road before offering to take her home.

The woman said he was like a different person, apologising and offering to drive her home.

He then pulled the car over a second and third time and sexually assaulted her again.

Nevin recorded the conversation and a transcript was read to the court in which he could be heard repeatedly calling the woman names, accusing her of teasing him and telling her if she was a man he would "box the head" off her.

In a victim impact statement the woman who was raped said it was the worst night of her life.

She said when he is released from prison she does not want to be in the same country.

Reading her statement to the court she said: "When I signed up to Tinder it was to look for a potential boyfriend or relationship. I wasn't aware I'd be meeting up with a monster. He has put my life on hold for nearly four years."

She added:"I feel tainted, dirty, stupid for meeting up with him in the first place because I assumed he was ok with just going for a drive and a chat. He said 'OK' when I messaged saying I wasn't looking for sex, a one night stand or anything like that. He 100% abused that trust and just used me like a piece of dirt."

She said to say she was terrified that night was an understatement.

She also said the rape had impacted on her "ability to be fully focused on being a confident, happy, outgoing mother that my son needed and deserved.

"Instead my son has had to deal with a sad, scared, suicidal and depressed mother which he didn't deserve or ask for."

The woman said she was left as a "shell" of her former self and made her fearful for her life because he was very intimidating.

Preparing for the case had forced her to bring up details of her history with men and her medical and counselling history which she always assumed would remain confidential.

Having previously attended counselling for depression, she was making a good recovering in 2013 and was looking forward to the future.

She said Patrick Nevin made 2014 her "never ending nightmare".

She said she had changed physically and mentally and at times had stopped eating for days.

"Many times I would cry myself to sleep hoping I would never wake again. I will always question 'why me?' but I will probably never have the answer.

"I once told my counsellor that in a way I felt sorry for him and what must he have been through in life to make him turn out the way he did. I've always had empathy for people but he does not deserve any of it.

"He made the choices he did despite the many 'nos' I said and 'stops'. I don't know what the future holds for me but one thing is for sure, when he is released from prison I don't want to be in the same country as him."

The other woman handed in a victim impact statement but did not want it read aloud.

Defence Counsel Patrick McGrath told Judge Eileen Creedon that Patrick Nevin has a number of young children and had a difficult relationship with his parents.

He had the support of his father but not his mother.

At the time of the offences, he was working as a software engineer having qualified with a BSc while in prison serving a seven year sentence for a previous offence.

Mr McGrath asked Judge Eileen Creedon to take into account the guilty pleas which avoided the victims in the cases having to give evidence or be cross examined.

In the rape case he asked the judge to consider that there was consensual sexual activity first and this was a "one off act of rape for which he apologised afterwards and most significantly he pleaded guilty which is always a great relief to any victim".

He also told the court that his client had written a letter expressing an apology and his remorse.

In relation to the sexual assault he said Nevin although he had committed an assault, he "did desist albeit with considerable force being applied before he desisted".

He asked that any sentence be structured "in such a way that there is some light at the end of the tunnel".