DPP appeals leniency of sex assault sentence

A hearing date on the leniency of the sentence imposed on Anthony Lyons, a businessman convicted of sexual assault, has been applied for at the Court of Criminal Appeal by the DPP.

Mr Lyons, aged 52, of Griffith Avenue, Dublin, is due to be released from prison mid-December after he was jailed for six months at the end of July for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman on Griffith Avenue over two years ago.

Kerida Naidoo, prosecuting, applied to the court for a date within the next three weeks, in the hope of having the case heard prior to Mr Lyons’ release.

He told Mr Justice Aidan Hardiman that submissions have been drafted and approved and would be filed by Friday.

Mr Justice Hardiman said he would enquire if a date could be found and put the case back for mention this morning.

Lorcan Steins, defending, requested transcripts from the eight-day trial which prosecuting counsel said it would be able to expedite.

Lyons, who owns an aircraft leasing company, originally denied attacking the woman when he was arrested near the scene on Oct 3, 2010.

However, 10 days later, the father of four went back to the gardaí and claimed that he had attacked the woman because he was on cholesterol medication.

This defence was rejected by the jury after the trial.

Mr Justice Desmond Hogan sentenced him to six years in prison but the judge suspended five-and-a-half years of the term and ordered him to pay €75,000 to the victim.

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