Order to stop sex offender contacting children online refused

Judge says no evidence before court that any threat posed to a child or children

 Convicted sex offender Brian Mulvihill was released under supervision in September 2012 on the condition that he follows all directions of the Probation Service for 10 years.  Photograph: Collins

Convicted sex offender Brian Mulvihill was released under supervision in September 2012 on the condition that he follows all directions of the Probation Service for 10 years. Photograph: Collins

 

A Circuit Court judge has refused to make an order preventing a convicted sex offender from contacting children online after a court heard he was using Twitter to claim he worked for the band One Direction.

Brian Mulvihill (36) was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for what a judge then called “an appalling” aggravated sexual assault on a young woman. The Court of Criminal Appeal later suspended the last four years of this term. Shortly afterwards he received a five-year term in Ennis Circuit Criminal Court for a separate sexual assault.

Mulvihill, who is originally from Kilkee in Co Clare but with a current address of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, was released under supervision in September 2012 on the condition that he follows all directions of the Probation Service for 10 years.

On Monday, the Garda applied at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for five orders intended to reduce the risk posed by Mulvihill following several instances of inappropriate post-release behaviour.

Risk factor

Yesterday, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said there was no evidence before the court from either the Probation Service or gardaí that any threat was posed to a child or children.

She said she was making no order although she noted there was evidence of him being stopped by a garda in Inchicore while drunk.

Garda Denis Mulligan previously told the court that he had been monitoring Mulvihill since March 2013 and he had several concerns about his behaviour. He said Mulvihill was taking an adult education course at the time. There were five women in his class and four of them had made complaints about him, including that he was sending them inappropriate texts.

The garda said he also falsely claimed to classmates that he was getting an operation for throat cancer to get their sympathy.

Treatment

The lecturer took this as a threat and was afraid. Garda Mulligan later delivered a letter to Mulvihill from the college asking him not to return. Garda Mulligan also learned that Mulvihill had set up seven or eight Twitter accounts on which he falsely claimed to work for One Direction.

He tweeted that he was a friend of band member Niall Horan and asked fans to get in contact if they had any questions. The garda told the judge that this was concerning as the band are popular with young girls.

Defence counsel Keith Spencer submitted to the judge that the prosecution’s requests were disproportionate and unnecessary.