Sex offender broke court order on train travel

A woman travelling by train from Dublin to Cork became so concerned about the actions of a 69-year-old man on board that gardaí were contacted and they arrested him.

Officers nabbed him as he stepped off the train at Kent railway station and it turned out he was on the Sex Offenders’ Register and under court order to notify gardaí at least two hours before taking any train journey.

Anthony Goodman gave no such notification, and he was yesterday given a three-month jail sentence by Judge Leo Malone at Cork District Court.

Goodman pleaded guilty to a charge of travelling on public transport without prior notification to gardaí on July 12, as required under a sex offender’s order made at Cork Circuit Criminal Court in June 2012.

While Goodman pleaded guilty, he also launched what Det Garda Edmond O’Donoghue described as a tirade when charged with the offence yesterday.

Det Garda O’Donoghue said the notes he got of the tirade were as follows: “I want to plead guilty to that today. I would rather be in fucking Beirut. And you are all corrupt, you know that, don’t you.”

In court, Judge Leo Malone repeatedly offered Goodman the benefit of a solicitor under free legal aid but he declined, insisting he would represent himself.

Inspector John Deasy said Goodman had 184 previous convictions — nine for sexual offences.

Det Garda O’Donoghue did not give evidence on Goodman’s behaviour on the train. He said gardaí were notified and they met the train on its arrival in Cork and arrested him.

Goodman, who is serving a one-year sentence for a sexual offence, is due to be released in March 2015. Yesterday’s sentence will not add to the length of time he will spend in jail.

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