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Thursday 17 April 2014

Sex attacker leniency appeal on priority list

The State's appeal on grounds of undue leniency against the six-month sentence handed down to sex attacker Anthony Lyons has been given a priority listing by the Court of Criminal Appeal, writes Brian Kavanagh.

The 52-year-old was last year jailed for six months by Judge Desmond Hogan for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman on October 3, 2010.

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.

State Solicitor Padraic Taylor said the longer the respondent was at liberty, the greater the risk of prejudice to the Director's appeal. Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said the court would accede to the request.

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