Tuesday 12 December 2017

Court concerned as rapist who has been jailed six times 'can't stop offending'

Paul Moore
Paul Moore

Conor Gallagher

A rapist who has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years has been remanded in custody pending imposition of a new prison term for the sexual assault of a woman.

Paul Moore (51) had been on bail awaiting sentencing for the offence which took place on the DART in 2014.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Judge Melanie Greally indicated she would impose a three-year sentence with the final 18 months suspended at the end of this month but said she wanted time to "fine tune the conditions" that would apply on his release.

Judge Greally said she was putting the case back to confirm if a request could be made for urine analysis to be taken as part of post release supervision by The Probation Service.

She remanded Moore in custody until March 30 after hearing evidence from his case manager and probation officer on what conditions should apply to a partly suspended sentence to assist him in refraining from offending.

They confirmed to the court that Moore had been compliant with the terms of his supervision following release from his previous jail term last April.

Previously the court heard Moore assaulted the victim, an au pair, in 2014 as she was travelling home from college. Gardaí examined CCTV footage of the incident but Moore was not recognised on the video until two years later.

In the meantime, he sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in the city centre after stopping them in the street and asking them for a cigarette. In 2015, he was jailed for 15 months for these attacks.

In that case, Judge Martin Nolan noted Moore "has a predisposition to violence towards women which manifests as rape and sexual assault".

Judge Greally said Moore's inability to desist from offending, no matter what punishment was imposed, was a matter of real concern to the court.

The judge said any sentence would have to "maximise the ability of the services to supervise Moore".

Irish Independent

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