Monday 24 June 2019

Rapist avoids jail for fake ID offence

A ROMANIAN man who had served time for rape in England and who failed to notify the authorities here of a change of address and the use of another name under the Sex Offenders Act was given a six month sentence suspended for two years and had fines totallng €5,000 imposed for using a false driving licence in Sligo and Kilkenny when he reappeared before Sligo District Court.

Ioan Munteanu, with an address at Mill Hill Road, Mill Street, Cork, had spent just over three years in jail after he was sentenced to six years for rape at a court in Manchester in 2004.

When he appeared at a previous sitting Judge Kilrane asked if would be in a position to pay a very substantial fine of €5,000 rather than serve an 18month prison sentence.

The matter had been adjourned for a week to allow Munteanu and his family come up with the money.

Mr. Eamonn Creed, solicitor, defending, confirmed that the €5,000 was in court.

Judge Kilrane sentenced Munteanu to six months imprisonment suspended for two years for failing to notify Gardai of a name not previously used by him on condition that he not be convicted of the same offence or any other indictable matter within that time. A charge of failing to notify Gardai of a change of address was taken into consideration.

Munteanu was fined €2,500 for using a false Irish driving licence at O'connell Street, Sligo, on October 21st last and a similar amount for producing a false driving licence at Government buildings, Kilkenny, on April 9th, 2011.

Charges of using a false Romanian I.D. card at Pearse Road, Sligo, on November 19th and the theft of €63 worth of petrol from the Amber filling station, Ballyhooley, Cork, were also taken into consideration.