Two Leitrim men have been jailed for seven years for raping a woman who had blacked out at a house party.

After the sentence was handed down today some supporters of the men shouted at the woman, with one person shouting "you're a liar" and "you're going to pay for this".

Last November, a jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted the men of rape and oral rape respectively of the woman in a flat in a town in the county on a date in 2017.

Justice Eileen Creedon said that the evidence in the trial was that the woman was vulnerable on the night as a result of being drunk and the men had taken advantage of this.

She noted that the men continue to deny the offending and that there is therefore a lack of remorse and an absence of victim awareness or empathy for the harm caused.

For both men, she suspended the final year of a eight year prison term on condition they co-operate with assessments for sexual offending risk and treatment.

She backdated the sentence to last November, when the men first went into custody.

After the judge left the courtroom, some supporters of the two men embraced the men and became upset.

One woman began shouting obscenities at the victim, and another person shouted, "you're a liar" and "you're going to pay for this".

The men, who are aged in their early 20s and knew the complainant from school, cannot be named in order to protect the victim's anonymity.

Both had pleaded not guilty to rape in a flat while the second man also denied a charge of oral rape of the woman.

The jury found the first man guilty of rape and the second man guilty of oral rape. They failed to reach an agreement on the count of rape against the second man.

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In a victim impact statement, the woman said that going through the trial brought back bad memories of the night.

She said she now suffered from stress and anxiety and that "every day is a struggle".

"This will haunt me for the rest of my life, knowing that they chose to do this to me," she said.

Justice Creedon noted that the men came from happy stable supportive families and had no other criminal convictions. She said that the large number of references all spoke highly of each man.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre condemns verbal abuse

The chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has called for better systems to be put in place to ensure proper protections for the victims of rape.

Noeline Blackwell's comments came after supporters of the two men shouted at the woman that she was a liar and she would pay.

Ms Blackwell condemned the comments and said "yet again" it was a case of the person, who is the victim at the centre of the crime, being blamed for what happened to her.

She said "while we are seeing less of this as time goes by", society tends to say that the woman shouldn't have spoken.

"It makes even more difficult for victims when society around them believes they shouldn't say anything in the first place", she said.

Ms Blackwell expressed hope that such an incident would not deter women reporting such crimes.

She stressed the importance of the justice system ensuring that victims are looked after and their rights are minded.

"This was somebody who was in a very vulnerable situation who had had to go through a very difficult experience, and here she was at the end of a court which could not have been easy, having to face into that kind of absolutely unnecessary wrong abuse", she said.

Ms Blackwell added that given the fact that it happened in or very near the courthouse, proper protections are necessary.

The National Helpline for the Rape Crisis Centre is 1800 77 88 88.