Saturday 16 December 2017

Áras Attracta manager's appeal set for October

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Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A CLINICAL nurse manager who was convicted of assault after he was caught on camera sitting on an autistic woman will have his appeal against the severity of his sentence heard in October.

Pat McLoughlin (56) Lalibela, Mayfield,Claremorris, Co Mayo, was sentenced to four months prison last February after he was convicted of assault of a resident at Arás Attracta.

At Castlebar Circuit Court today, defence barrister Conall McCarthy said his client was appealing the sentence on the grounds of severity only.

He said his client would be submitting medical evidence to the court along with other information as part of his appeal against the four month prison sentence imposed.

The court heard that the facts of the case, including CCTV footage and evidence from a detective sergeant, could be outlined in 15 to 20 minutes.

Counsel for the State, Patrick Reynolds asked that the evidence be heard today but Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the matter for hearing to a date in October where he will deal with the facts of the case and all submissions from the defence at the one sitting.

Mr McLoughlin was sentenced to four months in prison and fined €1,000 after he was convicted of assault in February. He had denied assault describing his actions as “playful interaction” and “a bit of fun”.

In directing a custodial sentence at the time, Judge Mary Devins pointed to the aggravating factors in the case, saying they far outweighed any mitigating factors. She pointed to his professional training, his seniority and position of authority and that fact that he was an exemplar who set the standard in the facility in arriving at her decision.

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