Friday 19 January 2018

Delay of several months for DPP’s appeal against leniency of sex offender Anthony Lyons’ sentence

Eimear Cotter

AN APPEAL by the DPP against the leniency of a sex offender's sentence is now unlikely to be heard before June next year - at the earliest.

Anthony Lyons, a wealthy and successful businessman from Griffith Avenue in Dublin, was jailed for six months in July for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman just over two years ago.

The judge also directed him to pay the victim €75,000.

Lyons was released from prison last week after midnight having served just four and a half months of a six-year sentence.

The matter was before the Court of Criminal Appeal this morning to fix a date next term to hear the appeal.

However, the matter was not reached on the list.

Due to the length of the lists currently before the CCA, it is unlikely that the appeal by the DPP against the leniency of Lyons' conviction will be heard before Summer 2013.

Last month, the DPP failed in its attempt to secure a priority hearing before the CCA prior to Lyons' release from prison.

The DPP can re-apply for a priority hearing.

This morning, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman set dates for the hearing of appeals for next term. However, Lyons' case was not reached and the matter was left on the list.

Lyons, who owns an aircraft leasing company, originally denied sexually assaulting a woman when he arrested near his home on 3 October 2010.

Ten days later, the 52-year-old went back to the gardai and claimed he attacked the woman because he was on cholesterol medication, a defence which was rejected by the jury.

In July, Mr Justice Desmond Hogan sentenced Lyons to six years in prison but suspended five-and-half-years and ordered him to pay €75,000 to the victim.

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