Outraged reaction to two-and-a-half year sentence for Tom Humphries for defiling a child
There has been widespread anger on social media over the two-and-a-half year jail sentence given to former journalist Tom Humphries for defilement of a child.
He was also sentenced to two years in respect of the sexual exploitation of the same girl.
The sentence, handed down to the former ‘Irish Times’ journalist by Judge Karen O’Connor at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, are to run concurrently.
The judge said the maximum sentence she could impose on the defilement charges was five years. She said she believed a four-year sentence would be a headline figure in this case, before mitigating factors were taken into account.
Judge O’Connor said the sexual exploitation charges carried a maximum term of life in prison, but she considered a headline figure in this case, before considering mitigating factors, as three years.
In sentencing him to two-and-a-half years and two years respectively for the defilement and sexual exploitation charges, the judge said she was taking into account Humphries’ guilty plea last March.
However, the judge said that while this plea was the “most valuable form of mitigation”, she noted it was not an early plea, which would have been more helpful to the young woman who was subject to his abuse as a child.
She said she was taking into account that Humphries had lost his livelihood and his reputation.
Judge O’Connor said she also considered letters from family members and the impact the case had had on his family.
She also said she considered letters from two “close friends”, as well as the fact Humphries had mental health issues and that one doctor had recommended he get psychiatric treatment.
She noted he had refused such treatment.
Judge O’Connor also said it was difficult not to have sympathy for Humphries “in relation to his current station”.
Since the sentence was announced, there was has been widespread anger at the length of the sentence.
Complete joke he should have gotten far longer
Far too lenient, shocking. Poor woman.
Pretty lenient sentence I think. Should have been at least 5 times that.
Far too short
So at most, he'll only do 22 months, as a prison year is 9 months. Destroys a life and gets away with it
Surely that should be 12 and half years