Should the financial means of sex attacker have any place in balancing scales of justice?
WHAT price justice? That is the thorny question the Court of Criminal Appeal may have to consider in light of new revelations that millionaire sex attacker Anthony Lyons has reached a civil settlement of almost €200,000 with his victim.
The three-judge court, which made details of the settlement public yesterday, says the fact of the compensation is "a relevant matter".
The court, led by former Chief Justice John Murray, said the compensation will be taken into account when considering whether a six-month jail term handed down to the aviation broker is unduly lenient as the Director of Public Prosecutions contends.