Ex-garda jailed over drunken sex­ual as­sault on fe­male pal

Of­fi­cer given two-year sen­tence for at­tack on sleep­ing vic­tim

Irish Daily Mirror - - MEDIA - BY TOM SHIEL news@irish­mir­ror.ie

A DRUNK garda who sex­u­ally as­saulted a fe­male friend as she slept in her ho­tel room was jailed for two years yes­ter­day.

The pervert cop – since kicked off the force – at­tacked the woman dur­ing a char­ity event three years ago.

Dur­ing the as­sault, her hus­band en­tered the room and put on a light, at which point the of­fi­cer, with his trousers down, was or­dered out.

The fol­low­ing day he apol­o­gised to the cou­ple in a Face­book mes­sage, writ­ing: “Un­for­tu­nately, loads of beer and Cap­tain Mor­gan’s (rum) do not fit well with me.”

Judge Rory Mac­cabe called the at­tack “an op­por­tunist and re­pel­lent sex­ual as­sault on a sleep­ing fe­male”.

At Castle­bar Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court in Mayo, the judge de­scribed the fact the de­fen­dant, a mar­ried man with chil­dren, will lose his job as a sig­nif­i­cant penalty but added: “Peo­ple have to ac­cept the nat­u­ral con­se­quences of their ac­tions.”

He re­fused a re­quest by de­fence coun­sel Ken Fog­a­rty for a sus­pended prison term. In an emo­tional vic­tim im­pact state­ment the woman said: “I hated my body for not wak­ing sooner. I am branded by the ac­tions of an­other and I will carry this with me for ever.

“Not a day goes by that it does not af­fect me. It set me on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent course than the one I had taken.”

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