Ex Limerick rugby player in child rape slur

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Ian Dillon, pictured in 2000, was sentenced to three months imprisonment
A FORMER inter-provincial rugby player who told a garda that he hoped his children would be raped has appealed a three month jail sentence.

A FORMER inter-provincial rugby player who told a garda that he hoped his children would be raped has appealed a three month jail sentence.

Ian Dillon, aged 40, who has an address at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen pleaded guilty to several charges relating to an incident at Henry Street garda station in the early hours of March 23, 2014.

Judge Mary Larkin was told Dillon, who has 24 previous convictions, became very aggressive and violent after gardai received a complaint from his partner about an incident at Catherine Street.

Garda Sean O’Regan said the defendant arrived at Henry Street garda station a short time later and refused to leave.

“He pushed passed me, I tried to restrain him but was unable to do so,” he said adding that Mr Dillon’s partner had to be taken to a secure room in the garda station “for her own protection”.

Garda O’Regan said at one point Dillon threatened to knock his “f****** head off” before calling his children spastics and saying “I hope they are raped, you f****** prick”.

Later as gardai tried to arrest the defendant at the entrance to the garda station he attempted to break three of Garda O’Regan’s fingers by bending them backwards.

A struggle ensued and pepper spray had to be used before he could be arrested.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client wished to apologise for his actions, which were related to his consumption of alcohol on the night.

“He drank a lot, it went straight to his head,” he said adding that Dillon, who “doesn’t ordinarily drink” has not touched a drop since.

Imposing sentence, Judge Larkin said she had been left “cold and entirely unimpressed” with Dillon’s assertion that he couldn’t remember making the threats due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

“The court has to show this type of conduct cannot be accepted,” she said as she fined him €500 and imposed a three month prison sentence.

The severity of the sentence has since been appealed to the circuit court.