Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Convicted sex offender to be sentenced for 'acts of gross indecency' with mentally impaired man

A convicted Dublin sex offender who was jailed for groping two teenage concert-goers on a Luas will be sentenced next year for acts of gross indecency with a mentally impaired male.

John Daly (58) served a partially suspended four year sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage girls on their way to a Rihanna concert by Luas in 2011.

He received a six year sentence from the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2000 for other sexual crimes, including indecent assault, aggravated sexual assault and rape. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard these dated from the 1980s and 1990s and involved females.

Daly, with addresses at Cabra Park, Phibsboro and Leinster Road, Rathmines, pleaded guilty to five acts of gross indecency with a mentally impaired person on unknown dates between 2016 and 2017.

Garda Niall Freaney said the complainant later revealed that Daly had threatened to kill him on one occasion and to burn him to death on another, if he didn’t comply with the acts.

The court heard these acts included Daly rubbing his penis over the male and performing oral sex on him.

Gda Freaney told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that Daly was later arrested for the offences and claimed during the interview that the behaviour had been consensual. The garda agreed with Luigi Rea BL, defending, that Daly’s guilty plea was valuable to the investigation.

Mr Rea submitted to Judge Melanie Greally that his client had an intellectual disability himself, which was not picked up by people coming in contact with him. He said Daly does make efforts to deal with his demons.

Judge Greally imposed an 18-month-sentence for one of the latest charges and remanded Daly in custody until next year, when she will deal with the remaining four counts on the indictment.

She said an aggravating aspect of the case was that Daly had a “significant and concerning record of misconduct of a sexual nature”.

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