Tuesday 12 December 2017

Serial sex offenders face tougher sentences under new bill

Independent Alliance TD Kevin 'boxer' Moran with Debbie Cole. Photo: Tom Burke
Independent Alliance TD Kevin 'boxer' Moran with Debbie Cole. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Serial sex offenders could face tougher jail sentences under new legislation being brought before the Dáil.

Independent Alliance TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran has introduced a Bill which seeks to ensure that a sex offender who has a previous conviction for a similar crime must serve at least three-quarters of the maximum sentence for the second offence.

Mr Moran began work on the Bill after meeting rape victim Debbie Cole, who joined him at yesterday's launch.

Ms Cole was raped at the age of 19 and her attacker was jailed for six years.

"However, he went on to sexually assault three more women in 1997 and was once more jailed again in 2015 for a period of eight years on charges of false imprisonment, assault and making threats to kill a woman," Mr Moran said.

"These offences compounded the original victim's psychological harm and seriously affected her well-being, which continues to this day."

Irish Independent

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