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Saturday 30 August 2014

Sex attack cousin of rapist Larry Murphy escapes jail term

Andrew Phelan

Published 05/02/2014 | 07:28

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Thomas Dalton, Kings Court, Aughrim St (Failing to Report Address, Sex Offender) pictured leaving after his appearance at The Dublin District Court, at The CCJ yesterday.
Thomas Dalton, Kings Court, Aughrim St (Failing to Report Address, Sex Offender) pictured leaving after his appearance at The Dublin District Court, at The CCJ yesterday.
Rapist and suspected serial killer Larry Murphy
Rapist and suspected serial killer Larry Murphy

RAPIST Larry Murphy's sex offender cousin Thomas Dalton has avoided being jailed or convicted for moving address without notifying gardai.

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Dalton (32), an engineer and ex-soldier, is a registered sex offender but did not inform authorities he had gone to stay with his parents for nearly three months after temporarily splitting from his girlfriend.

Dublin District Court heard he was in a “dark period” and his life was in disarray at the time.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell applied the Probation Act, leaving him without a recorded conviction after he admitted the offence.

assault

The father-of-two was subject to the garda notification requirement after he was convicted in 2010 and jailed for a year for sexually assaulting a woman outside a disco in Kilkenny.

Dalton, with an address at Aughrim Street, Stoneybatter, pleaded guilty to failing to notify gardai of a change of address to Crumlin on dates between July 1 and September 22 last year.

The charge is under Section 12 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

He had previously denied the charge but the trial date was cancelled when he changed his plea to guilty.

The prosecuting garda said for the months in question, the accused was not at the correct address – Chancery Hall apartments in Dublin 7. He had no previous similar convictions.

The court heard the defendant had moved into the Bridewell District in March 2011 and complied with his notification requirements in relation to holidays and leaving the address temporarily. He had also been compliant to date since September 2013, travelling abroad to work in Sweden and France.

Dalton had broken up with his girlfriend because of the “stress of what we are talking about and why we are here”, his solicitor told the court. “It put enormous pressure on his relationship with his girlfriend and he had to move out.” Dalton had been in “complete disarray” and moved to his parents' house.

“He has no excuse, he should have notified the gardai,” his solicitor said. “He was in a very dark period”.

accused

Dalton had since reconciled with his girlfriend and is living with her again.

The accused had two children from a previous relationship, aged 11 and eight. He is a former private in the Army and had secured work as an engineer in Scotland.

“He has a good job and is trying to get himself sorted,” his solicitor said.

Judge O'Donnell asked the prosecuting garda if he believed the defendant would reoffend.

“I don't think so”, he replied.

The judge applied the Probation of Offenders Act, meaning Dalton will not have a conviction recorded for his breach of the sex offenders regulations.

The accused wore a blue shirt, navy tie, tan jacket and navy slacks during the brief hearing at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

LarryMurphy, Dalton's first cousin, has been linked to the disappearance of women in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.

aphelan@herald.ie

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