Probation report ordered for sex attacker Anthony Lyons

Move in advance of State appeal against leniancy of six month sentence

 Anthony Lyons of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra. Photograph: Collins Courts

Anthony Lyons of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra. Photograph: Collins Courts

 

The Court of Criminal Appeal has ordered the preparation of a probation report on Anthony Lyons, in advance of the State’s appeal on grounds of undue leniency against the six-month sentence imposed on the 52-year-old for sexual assault last year.

Lyons was jailed for six months by Judge Desmond Hogan in July 2012 for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in the early hours of the morning of October 3, 2010.

Counsel for Lyons, Lorcan Staines BL today asked the court to order the preparation of a probation and welfare services report, which he said would be relevant in the case if the sentence was found to be unduly lenient. He said that Lyons had been seen regularly by a probation officer.

Mr Staines also asked the court for more time to file replying submissions on behalf of Lyons, the deadline for which had been previously set for the middle of September. The State’s appeal against the undue leniency of the sentence is to be heard on November 18th.

Counsel for the State, Kerida Naidoo BL, said there was no difficulty in allowing more time for the filing of submissions but there was a concern about introducing evidence relevant to sentencing before any decision on the undue leniency application had been made.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said the court would order the preparation of the probation report but would not receive the material for the time being. He said that replying submissions from the respondent should be received by October 18th.

Lyons, of Griffith Avenue in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of the 27-year-old victim. He was sentenced to six years with five-and-a-half-years suspended and was ordered by Judge Hogan to pay his victim €75,000 in compensation.

Lyons admitted the attack but claimed he was overcome with an “irresistible urge” due to a combination of alcohol, cholesterol medicine and cough syrup.

He was released from prison in December 2012 and the case was given a priority listing by the Court of Criminal Appeal in June of this year.