Tuesday 18 December 2018

Temple Bar groper was caught after victim took his photo

Identified: Bryan Doherty
Identified: Bryan Doherty
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A Health and Safety officer has admitted groping a woman by putting his hand up her skirt as she walked home from work in Dublin city centre.

Bryan Doherty (36) was caught after the quick-thinking victim photographed him and gave the pictures to gardaí.

Doherty had "a lot of drink taken" and did not know the woman who was walking through Temple Bar with headphones on when he attacked her in a "moment of madness".

Judge Brian O'Shea adjourned sentencing at Dublin District Court and remanded Doherty in custody.

The accused, originally from Co Mayo but with an address at Ashington Close, Navan Road, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman at Cope Street on June 22 last year.

Judge O'Shea lifted earlier reporting restrictions on identifying Doherty.

Detective Garda Brendan Nolan said that the young woman was walking home alone from work through Temple Bar.

The victim told gardaí the accused "reached under skirt and grabbed inside her underwear".

But the quick-thinking victim managed to photograph the groper. A print-out of a photo was handed to the judge who noted it was "clearly and undeniably" the accused.

Doherty was identified from the photos by a previous employer who assisted gardaí in their inquiries. The incident was also captured on CCTV.

A written victim impact statement said the woman was now continually looking over her shoulder and had experienced moments of anxiety and panic, the judge said.

The assault left her "violated, vulnerable and angry".

Doherty had not come to Garda attention since the incident. He had six previous convictions for motoring offences.

Defence solicitor Brian Kennan told Judge O'Shea he was instructed to convey his client's sincerest apology and said it had been "a moment of madness". He said Doherty had an alcohol addiction and was attending counselling.

Irish Independent

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