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Grandad fined €1 and must pay babysitter €15k over sex assault

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A man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl who was babysitting his young grandchildren has been fined €1.

The 60-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was fined by Drogheda District Court after he offered to pay the girl €15,000 in compensation.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

The assault took place in the early hours of last November 19 at an address in Co Louth.

The court was told that a defendant convicted of a sexual assault automatically has his name entered in the Sex Offenders Register.

However, Judge Michael Coughlan - who was considering applying the Probation Act - wanted assurance that the defendant's name would still go on the register.

At a previous hearing, the court was told that the defendant - who pleaded guilty to the offence - had proposed paying €5,000 in compensation to the teenager.

However, Judge Coughlan said the assault was "a serious offence" and that €5,000 was "not enough".

Anxious

The court was also told the girl was "anxious" that the defendant should not be given a custodial sentence.

The court was also told that the defendant was now prepared to pay €15,000 in compensation, which he had "gathered through family and friends".

The court was told that the teenager had accepted the defendant's "genuine offer of remorse".

It was also told she was not seeking a custodial sentence for the defendant.

Gda Sgt Ray Brady previously told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case.

This means it can stay at district court level, where the penalties are less severe than those imposed in the circuit court.

On hearing that the case could stay at district court level, Judge Coughlan said: "I have to confess, I am unhappy about accepting jurisdiction."

However, no evidence was heard in court as to the extent of the sexual assault.

Judge Coughlan ordered that the €15,000 compensation money be held by the court until the teenager reaches the age of 18.


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