Thursday 22 February 2018

Man accused of sex attack is kind and gentle, says wife

Conor Gallagher

THE wife of a businessman accused of sexually assaulting a woman as she walked home has told his trial that he is "a kind and gentle man".

Anthony Lyons (51), an aviation broker from Griffith Avenue in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of the 27-year-old woman in the early hours of October 3, 2010.

Mr Lyons admits the attack but claims he was overcome with an irresistible urge due to the combination of alcohol, the anti-cholesterol medicine Rosuvastatin and cough syrup.

His wife of 22 years, Eileen Lyons, told defence counsel Patrick Gageby SC that her husband was forgetful and cranky on the day of the attack.

She said she picked up her husband's anti-cholesterol medication from the pharmacy the day before. The court has previously heard he began taking it for the first time that evening.

She said that the next day her husband forgot his phone.

This was very unlike him as he needed it for business.

Ms Lyons later drove him to the pub. She described him as "cranky" and "not himself" and said he had forgotten his wallet.

Medicine

Ms Lyons said the attack was "beyond all understanding" and her husband had "never lifted a hand" to her or anyone else.

Prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo BL asked Ms Lyons: "Isn't it the reality that you just can't admit that your husband is guilty of this crime?"

"That's not the reality, my husband is a kind and gentle man," she responded, before beginning to cry.

Evidence has finished in the case but the jury will not be asked to consider a verdict until next Monday.

Judge Desmond Hogan told them he had to wait for a transcript of the trial to aid him in his closing speech because of the complex medical evidence.

Irish Independent

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