| 11.6°C Dublin

Appeal over sex-attack tycoon to be fast-tracked

Close

Anthony Lyons 6...30/07/12 

Pic shows Anthony Lyons of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra arriving to Dublin Circuit Court this morning where he was sentenced to 6 years for sexually assaulting a woman in Drumcondra in Dublin on 3 October 2010. 

Pic Collins Courts

Anthony Lyons 6...30/07/12 Pic shows Anthony Lyons of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra arriving to Dublin Circuit Court this morning where he was sentenced to 6 years for sexually assaulting a woman in Drumcondra in Dublin on 3 October 2010. Pic Collins Courts

Anthony Lyons 6...30/07/12 Pic shows Anthony Lyons of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra arriving to Dublin Circuit Court this morning where he was sentenced to 6 years for sexually assaulting a woman in Drumcondra in Dublin on 3 October 2010. Pic Collins Courts

THE DPP's appeal against the sentencing of Anthony Lyons will be fast-tracked.

Lyons (52) was handed a six-month jail sentence after a jury found him guilty of attacking and sexually assaulting a young woman in the early hours of October 3, 2010.

The DPP is appealing the sentence on the grounds of undue leniency.

Yesterday, the Court of Criminal Appeal said the hearing wold be given a "priority listing".

In May, there were fears the appeal against Lyons's sentence would not be heard until 2015.

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman described the State's request to give priority to the appeal as reasonable and said the CCA would do this.

Lyons, who is a high-profile aviation broker, was last year jailed for six months by by Judge Desmond Hogan.

Lyons, of Griffith Avenue in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of the 27-year-old victim.

He was sentenced to six years with five-and-a-half-years suspended and was ordered by Judge Hogan to pay his victim €75,000 in compensation.

The sentence caused uproar – Lyons was sent to Wheatfield Prison in July. However, he served just four-and-a-half months and was released before Christmas.

Compensation

Lyons admitted the attack on the woman but claimed he was overcome with an "irresistible urge" due to the combination of alcohol, cholesterol medicine and cough syrup.

State solicitor Padraic Taylor yesterday asked the CCA to fix an early date for the appeal as it was a case where the longer the respondent was free, the greater the risk of prejudice to the Director's appeal.

However, Lorcan Staines for Lyons, said that the appeal would take two hours.

He told the court that Lyons had put forward an unusual defence with evidence of involuntary intoxication and separate distinct evidence of voluntary intoxication.

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said the object of the current list to fix dates for September and October was to relieve pressure on the overall case list by hearing small cases in the main.

The judge said he would put the matter back to the next list to fix dates.

However, Mr Justice Hardiman said Mr Taylor's request to have the case afforded priority for the next list was reasonable and the court would accede to it.

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy