Raider ‘touched himself inappropriately’ during probation interview

A convicted armed raider “touched himself inappropriately” while being interviewed by a probation officer, it emerged in court yesterday.

The case against Kieran Toussifar was re-entered at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday because of this allegation.

Probation officer John Corcoran said a female colleague was interviewing Toussifar when he touched himself inappropriately.

The probation service brought this matter to the attention of the court on the basis that it represented a breach of the terms on which part of a prison sentence was suspended.

Siobhán Lankford, prosecution barrister, said Toussifar was supposed to be complying with the directions of the probation service as a term of the suspension of portion of his prison sentence for the robbery of a Bandon off-licence.

“His behaviour has been extremely disruptive and he is a source of extreme concern,” Ms Lankford said.

Initially, it proved difficult to locate the defendant for the purpose of re-entering the case but he was before Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin yesterday.

Toussifar, 27, who was previously living with the Simon Community, had just moved into a flat in Bandon three days before he carried out the robbery of €340 in cash from O’Driscoll’s off-licence in Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Toussifar held a small vegetable knife at the woman working in the off-licence at 3.45pm on Feb 6, 2011.

The defendant had been released from prison a very short time before this robbery.

The last eight months of his 32-month sentence was suspended on condition that he would comply with the directions of the probation service on his release from prison.

It is in relation to the suspension of this eight months that the case was before the court yesterday.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said he would adjourn further consideration of the matter until Jun 20. He said the defendant clearly had issues that needed to be addressed and he could benefit from the assistance of the probation service.


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