Lyons 'lenient' sentence to be tried in court
A hearing date on the leniency of the sentence imposed on Anthony Lyons, convicted of sexual assault, has been applied for at the Court of Criminal Appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mr Lyons, of Griffith Avenue, Dublin, is due to be released from prison in mid-December after he was jailed for six months at the end of July for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman on Griffith Avenue over two years ago.
Kerida Naidoo, SC, prosecuting, applied to the court for a date within the next three weeks, in the hope of having the case heard prior to Mr Lyons’ release. He told Mr Justice Aidan Hardiman submissions have been drafted and approved and would be filed by Friday. Mr Justice Hardiman said he would enquire if a date could be found and put the case back for mention.
Lyons originally denied attacking the woman when arrested near the scene . Ten days later he went back to the gardaí and claimed he attacked the woman because he was on cholesterol medication, a defence that was rejected by the jury. Mr Justice Hogan sentenced him to six years in prison but suspended five-and-a-half years and ordered him to pay €75,000 to the victim.