Thursday 19 April 2018

Night bus sex attacker has his sentence more than doubled on appeal

Brian Kavanagh

A NIGERIAN man who was sentenced to two years for sexually assaulting a woman who fell asleep beside him on a Nitelink bus has had his sentence more than doubled after a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Court of Criminal Appeal found that the sentence of two years with one year suspended imposed on Michael Igbosonu (25) by Judge Patricia Ryan in March 2012 for a "predatory" assault was unduly lenient.

The former accountancy student had denied the offence but was unanimously found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury following a four-day trial. He was released from prison on October 29 last year.

The court heard that in January 2009 the victim had sat beside Igbosonu on a Nitelink bus after a night out in Dublin city centre.

She gave evidence that the belt and the zip on her shorts had been opened and her tights and underwear had been moved.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell said the court noted the offence was a "predatory" and "sordid" attack which was a "frightening, traumatic and humiliating experience" for the victim.

He said the court found the offence was on the mid-to-upper range of seriousness and would accordingly substitute the sentence imposed with one of five years with two years suspended for a period of three years.

Igbosonu was admitted to bail on his own bond of €100 and was ordered to surrender himself to Mountjoy Prison on the morning of October 21.

Irish Independent

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