Monday 23 April 2018

Four years for man who molested teenage girls on Luas before Rihanna concert

John Daly was arrested months later as he boarded tram following One Direction gig

Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) Dublin
Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) Dublin

Fiona Ferguson and Sonya McLean

A serial sex offender who molested two teenage girls on the Luas while they were en-route to a Rihanna concert has been given a four-year sentence.

John Daly (53) was arrested by gardaí three months later as he was about to board the tram at the O2 following a One Direction concert.

He had been nominated as a suspect after gardaí viewed CCTV footage from the tram when the girls reported him.

Daly admitted during interview that he had deliberately got on the Luas, heading for the Rihanna concert on October 3, 2011, to touch young girls and get sexually aroused.

He said he had it “in my head to do it” and had been doing it “for my own satisfaction”.

Daly of Cabra Park, Phibsboro pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of sexual assault .

In February 2000 he was sentenced to three years with one suspended by Mr Justice Paul Carney in the Central Criminal Court for other sex charges. This sentence was appealed by the Director of Public Prosecutions on the basis of undue leniency and increased to a six year term by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Daly had pleaded guilty to attempted rape and indecent assault charges relating to two young girls on dates from 1980 to 1984, and to aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault on a 62-year-old woman on dates from 1997 to 1998.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring today imposed a four-year sentence but suspended the final two years on strict conditions.

She noted that there was an element of planning and forethought in the offence and that Daly would have known there would be young females on the Luas at the time.

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