Saturday 20 January 2018

Rugby player fined €200 for sexual assault at pop festival

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Andrew Phelan

A former Leinster rugby player found guilty of sexually assaulting a music festival performer by grabbing her bottom while whispering a lewd comment continues to maintain his innocence and has appealed his conviction.

David Poff (21) drunkenly groped the woman's buttocks from behind as she walked through a crowd and told her, "Give me your t**s".

Poff, who has played for Leinster U19 and U20 and Old Wesley RFC, had denied sexually assaulting the woman at Longitude in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, on July 16, 2016.

However, the victim, in her 20s, had identified him in court and said there was "no doubt in her mind" that Poff was the culprit. Poff, from Mayfield, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin, was also found guilty of public drunkenness. He had denied the charges.

Judge Patricia McNamara fined Poff €200 and imposed a two-month sentence which she suspended for one year. Defence solicitor Tom Honan said his client continues to maintain his innocence. He said that Poff lost his job after he was charged.

Irish Independent

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