Thursday 27 July 2017

Humphries to be sentenced in October for defiling a child

Tom Humphries. Photo: Collins Courts
Tom Humphries. Photo: Collins Courts

Isabel Hayes

The sentencing of sports journalist Tom Humphries for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child has been adjourned to October.

Humphries (54), of Corr Castle, Sutton, Dublin, appeared briefly in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

The former 'Irish Times' journalist had pleaded guilty last March to six sexual offences against a girl under the age of 17.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement of a child in Dublin between December 5, 2010, and February 19, 2011, and of four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.

Hugh Harnett SC, defending, told Judge Karen O'Connor yesterday he was not in a position to proceed with the original sentence date of July 26.

He said further time was required to prepare a report in relation to his client. Judge O'Connor adjourned the case to October 3.

No evidence has been heard yet regarding the offences.

Irish Independent

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