Sunday 25 February 2018

Judge declines offer of 'Ripper' book present from businessman Noel O’Gara

Noel O'Gara leaving the Bridewell District Court in Dublin
Noel O'Gara leaving the Bridewell District Court in Dublin

Tom Tuite

A JUDGE today turned down the offer of a present,- a book on the Yorkshire Ripper killings - from its author Noel O'Gara, who she had just fined for not wearing a seat belt.

The 68-year-old businessman, with an address at Ballinahowen, Co. Westmeath, appeared at Dublin District Court and pleaded guilty to a Road Traffic Act charge for not wearing a seat belt at Greenlea Road, Terenure, Dublin, on May 11 last year.

Judge Clare Leonard read out the charge and O'Gara said “I am pleading guilty.”

The judge said the offence “speaks for itself” and fined him €75 while ordering that it must be paid within three months or he would be jailed for one day in default.

“May I present you with a copy of a book I wrote 20 years ago?” Mr O'Gara asked as he reached out from the witness box offering a volume of his work titled The Real Yorkshire Ripper.

“No I cannot do that,” the judge said and proceeded to hear the next case.

Outside court Mr O'Gara explained that he wanted to give the copy of his book to the judge because it was about “a serious crime”.

The self published book details his theories on the brutal murder of 13 women in a shocking killing spree Yorkshire in England in the 1970s.

In December last year, the High Court barred Mr O'Gara from bringing any further legal actions in relation to Dartmouth Square in Dublin. That court had dismissed his bid for an injunction against the official liquidator of a company co-owned by Mr O'Gara and his wife, aimed at preventing the closure of the sale of the two-acre site.

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