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Anthony Lyons' jail term restores our faith in sentencing for sexual assaults

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

Anthony Lyons, pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Anthony Lyons, pictured arriving at the Four Courts yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts

Are you getting home safely? These are the last words, or words to that effect, that businessman Anthony Lyon's victim heard before she was rugby tackled to the ground and subjected to a violent sexual assault. That assault, in the wee small hours, may have graduated to a much more serious one were it not for the heroic intervention of a passer-by who heard the woman's cries for help.

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The victim was doing what so many of us women do: walking home after a night out.

Or rather, what I used to do before I started covering sexual offences in the courts and speaking to abuse victims, some of them close friends who have been assaulted - and worse.

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