Monday 24 July 2017

Sex offender harassed neighbour

Padraig Hopkins outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he was jailed for 18 months (Court Collins)
Padraig Hopkins outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he was jailed for 18 months (Court Collins)

Nicola Donnelly

A convicted sex offender who harassed his neighbour by following her into her apartment and ordering her to give him her underwear has been jailed for 18 months.

Padraig Hopkins (41), who has been on the Sex Offenders Register since he was sentenced to four years in prison in 2008 for a false imprisonment and a sexual assault charge, also took the woman's bra and knickers from the laundry room in the apartment block and wore them before asking her what she thought.

Hopkins, of The Glen in Waterford, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing Rutha Sventriata on June 26, 2014, at Leinster Road in Rathmines.

Garda Paul O'Hara told prosecuting counsel Fionnula O'Sullivan, that Ms Sventriata lived in the same apartment block as Hopkins.

When she arrived home from work, she saw Hopkins at the front door.

He followed her into her apartment and screamed at her to give him her underwear.

He ran away when she screamed at him.

Irish Independent

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