Garda avoids jail for sexual assault of colleague

A garda who sexually assaulted a female officer and harassed another at a Garda station has been given a six-month jail sentence and fined a total of €10,000.

He then had his jail term substituted for 240 hours of community service.

Kevin Corby showed no emotion as sentence was passed at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.

Corby, a married father of three in his mid-30s, had been found guilty of the offences by a jury back in October and the case had been adjourned for sentence.

The offences took place while Corby and the two female victims were working as part of a team in a North Donegal Garda station in 2010 and 2011.

Judge John O’Hagan said the public needed to have the trust of those people who wore a uniform.

He said Corby, of Stranorlar, Co Donegal, must have realised the impact his harassment was having on his two female colleagues describing his actions as “persistent and consistent”.

However, he said the probation report into Corby was positive and to ask the court for the “pound of flesh would be a bit extreme”.

He fined Corby €5,000 on each of the harassment charges and sentenced him to six months in jail but substituted that with 240 hours of community service.

Both of Corby’s victims sat in the courtroom.

Their victim impact statements were not read out in court but Judge John O’Hagan did read one line from the statements. It read they were “tormented and sickened by the remarks and sexual innuendo”.

The court heard how Corby was now suspended on three quarters of his pay.

Superintendent Jimmy Coen, who oversaw the probe, said there will be a separate internal enquiry carried out by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Corby’s wife hugged him as Judge O’Hagan passed sentence but the accused showed no emotion.

On the opposite side of the courtroom, one of Corby’s victims broke down in tears.


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