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Monday 22 September 2014

Face of businessman who avoided jail for sexually assault on teen in B&B

* Victim wept as her attacker Martin Quigley avoided jail on Monday
* A day later, the businessman appeared before another court
* This time it was for assaulting another man causing him harm
* He has been allowed extra time to pay compensation to his victim

Brendan Furlong and Majella O'Sullivan

Published 30/04/2014 | 02:30

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Martin Quigley arrives at Wexford Circuit Court one day after being sentenced for sexual assault
Martin Quigley arrives at Wexford Circuit Court one day after being sentenced for sexual assault

A BUSINESSMAN who avoided jail for sexually assaulting a teenager in a B&B was back in court one day later to face charges of assaulting another man causing him harm.

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Martin Quigley (48) had pleaded guilty to assaulting the man outside a licensed premises in November 2009 but had been allowed extra time to pay compensation to his victim.

He was granted further time by Judge Barry Hickson at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court yesterday to raise the €5,000 that's still owed to James O'Rourke, whom he assaulted outside the Legends' Bar in Enniscorthy.

Quigley, of Ballyrahain Lodge, Ballyrahain Lane, Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co Wexford, was handed down a two-year suspended sentence at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court on Monday for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in August 2011.

Defence counsel Conor Roberts told Wexford Circuit Court Quigley had suffered a family bereavement last October, with the death of his brother, and had to pay a large sum of money towards the funeral expenses. He said that €2,200 of the €5,000 compensation was available to be handed over in court.

As a result of the assault, Mr O'Rourke so far had 17 medical consultations and had been left with permanent scarring to his head. The matter was adjourned in June last year to allow him time to gather the money.

The previous day, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard how he had dragged a young woman into his room, after she declined an offer to join him in his bed.

He touched her breasts and groin area outside her clothing and kissed her on the shoulder before she managed to run from the B&B and alerted four men who were outside.

Quigley has 12 previous convictions, including one for assault, a drink driving conviction and a number of public order offences.

Irish Independent

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