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Sex attacker avoids jail term

A DUBLIN man convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager has been given a four-and-a-half-year suspended sentence.

Stephen Locke (31) of Deansrath Grove, Clondalkin, was found guilty in July by a jury of one count of sexual assault after a three-day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

In her victim impact statement, the victim (16) said as a consequence of the attack her life had been "turned upside down" and she now suffers regularly from panic attacks and on one occasion tried to take her own life.