Victim weeps in court after her sex attacker avoids prison
A SEX-assault victim wept as she saw a 48-year-old businessman avoid jail for the distressing attack in a B&B.
Martin Quigley's victim, who was aged 19 when the assault occurred, burst into tears after he received a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.
Quigley, of Ballyrahain Lodge, Ballyrahain Lane, Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co Wexford, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman at a B&B in Killarney, Co Kerry, on August 14, 2011.
The woman had agreed to travel to Killarney on business with Quigley.
The court was told the accused had spent the day drinking before the assault took place while the woman was on an excursion around Killarney.
Later that night at the B&B where they were staying he invited her to join him in his bed and when she refused attempted to drag her into the room.
The woman managed to get away from her attacker and went to sleep on a couch.
But she was again approached by Quigley who dragged her into the room and forced the woman on to the bed.
The court heard Quigley had touched the victim's breasts and groin area outside her clothing and kissed her on the shoulder.
The woman managed to escape again and left the B&B and then hailed a taxi.
She told the driver what had happened and then made a complaint to gardai.
Quigley has 12 previous convictions, including one for assault causing harm and one for common assault, which Judge Carroll Moran commented was too many for a man of his age.
However, he took into account Mr Quigley's early guilty plea.
Defending barrister Brian McInerney, instructed by Padraig O'Connell, said his client had a difficulty with alcohol and Quigley’s previous convictions included a number of public order incidents that were alcohol-related.
Judge Moran said although the amount of drink consumed by the accused was not a mitigating factor, he was less likely to have committed the offence had he been sober.
He also noted the “traumatic” effect the assault had had on the woman from her victim impact statement where she said the incident had left her feeling “dirty” and following which she would shower up to five times a day.
“The adverse publicity he has endured has had an adverse affect on him and his business,” Judge Moran said.
Imposing the two-year sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Moran also bound Quigley to the peace for two years and ordered his name be placed on the sexual offenders' register for five years.