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Friday 19 September 2014

Kilmuckridge man sexually assaulted teenager in B&B

Published 06/05/2014 | 05:34

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A County Wexford man who sexually assaulted a women in a Kerry B&B has escaped jail after he received a two-year suspended sentence for the offence.

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Martin Quigley, of Ballyrahain Lodge, Ballyrahain Lane, Kilmuckridge, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman at the premises in Killarney on August 14, 2011.

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.

Judge Carroll Moran heard that the accused spent the day drinking before the assault took place, while the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – 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, he attempted to drag her into the room. The woman managed to get away from him and went to sleep on a couch.

But she was again approached by Quigley, who dragged her into the room and forced her onto 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, left the B&B and hailed a taxi. She told the driver what had happened and then made a complaint to gardaí.

Defence barrister Brian McInerney 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 he was taking Mr Quigley's early guilty plea into account. 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.

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.

Gorey Guardian

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