Tuesday 16 January 2018

'The appeal process has brought severe stress and heartache to our family'

Family of Anthony Lyon's victim issue heartfelt statement

Convicted sex attacker Anthony Lyons is to go back to prison for another 18 months following a Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) decision today.

The family of his victim have issued the following statement on the back of his revised sentence:

"Anthony Lyons’s crime was at the higher end of the scale and warranted a sentence of up to ten years.

"So said Judge Desmond Hogan when he sentenced Lyons in 2012, and rightly so.

"But Lyons ended up serving just four and a half months in prison for his vicious and brutal sex attack on our daughter which devastated our entire family.

"Today Anthony Lyons goes back to prison, but the appeal process has brought severe stress and heartache to our family.

"We heard the word ‘sorry’ mentioned only once in the court by Lyons’s legal team from a prepared statement, while Lyons himself pleaded not guilty and continues to plead not guilty to his brutal and vile crime.

"To us, this is not remorse. Far from it. At no stage has Anthony Lyons shown any remorse for his violent and vicious attack on our daughter.

"For all the tremendous support, we have got to thank from our hearts the following people and we are sure they will feel our pain today. Our families, relatives, neighbours and friends who carried us on this long and cruel journey; the gardai and DPP who together brought Anthony Lyons to justice for his heinous crime; our legal team who worked relentlessly in the background; the Rotunda Hospital, doctors, counsellors and the Rape Crisis Centre.

"Together they helped our daughter through her terrible ordeal.

"We would also like to thank the public who stood beside us and raised their voices; Dublin City Council who have since put new street lights in the area where the attack took place; and the media who followed the case tirelessly.

"A special thank you to the two brave men who saved our daughter on that horrendous night on Griffith Avenue. We cannot thank you all enough.

"People are pleading with the Government to introduce tougher new jail terms for violent criminals like Anthony Lyons, and to introduce minimum jail terms not only to act as a serious deterrent but also to let these criminals know they will be severely punished.

"To this end, we are supporting a petition to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald set up by a group of our good friends.

"Please join our campaign to End Soft Sentencing at http://tinyurl.com/om5cuhu.

"So far 297 people have signed but we need more support."

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