Friday 19 July 2019

Broadband salesman is jailed for sex assault

A judge has jailed a door-to-door broadband salesman for seven months for a sexual assault on a disabled woman in her 50s in her own home. Stock image
A judge has jailed a door-to-door broadband salesman for seven months for a sexual assault on a disabled woman in her 50s in her own home. Stock image

Gordon Deegan

A judge has jailed a door-to-door broadband salesman for seven months for a sexual assault on a disabled woman in her 50s in her own home.

At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan said that the 26-year-old salesman had "sexually assaulted and violated this vulnerable citizen in the most appalling manner".

The man pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of the woman at her home in Co Clare on September 5.

Judge Durcan said: "This court is sending out a message that it won't tolerate and our society won't tolerate the abuse of citizens, male or female, by third parties and particularly those who take advantage."

Judge Durcan said the man accepted he put his arms around the woman and rubbed her back but denied putting his hand down her trousers outside her underwear.

In her victim impact statement the woman, who sometimes uses a walking aid and a wheelchair, said: "I have always kept my front door unlocked... I no longer feel secure in my own home. Things will never be the same again... I have only now started to heal on the inside."

Defending solicitor Daragh Hassett said: "My client admitted culpability for the inappropriate behaviour he used in trying to clinch a sale. It was above and beyond what he should have done."

Irish Independent

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