Saturday 25 November 2017

Anthony Lyons appeal to go ahead next week

Anthony Lyons leaving the Court of Criminal Appeal in Dublin
Anthony Lyons leaving the Court of Criminal Appeal in Dublin

Brian Kavanagh

THE re-hearing of an appeal against the undue leniency of a six-month custodial sentence imposed on businessman Anthony Lyons is to go ahead at the Court of Criminal Appeal next week.

In November last year the three-judge appeal court found that the six-month custodial sentence imposed on Lyons (52) for a violent sexual assault was “unduly lenient” but reserved the reasons for its judgement and later reserved its decision on what sentence should be imposed in its place.


However, due to the illness of sitting judge Mr Justice Michael Hanna, the court had to be reconstituted and the appeal re-heard.


Today at a “call over” of cases listed next week, lawyers for the Director of Public Prosecutions told the Court of Criminal Appeal registrar that the case would go ahead as scheduled next Thursday (May 29).


Lyons, of Griffith Avenue in Dublin, was jailed for six months by Judge Desmond Hogan in July 2012 for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in the early hours of the morning of October 3, 2010.


He had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of the 27-year-old victim.


The aviation broker was sentenced to six years with five-and-a-half-years suspended and was ordered by Judge Hogan to pay his victim €75,000 in compensation.


Lyons admitted the attack but claimed he was overcome with an “irresistible urge” due to the combination of alcohol, cholesterol medicine and cough syrup. He was released from prison in December 2012.

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