A PSYCHOLOGIST who has written a report on a 40-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is to be cross-examined by the state solicitor at an appeal hearing next month.
Owen Oâ€™Donoghue, with an address at Fairgreen, Ballysimon Road, was convicted by Judge Eugene Oâ€™Kelly at Limerick District Court last November. On that occasion, Mr Oâ€™Donoghue had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a friend of one of his children on June 10, 2011. The victim was 13 when the assault, which took the form of inappropriate touching and fondling, had taken place.
Limerick District Court heard that Mr Oâ€™Donoghue had also posted â€œgraphic and explicitâ€ content on the girlâ€™s Facebook page.
Judge Oâ€™Kelly had asked the victim whether she was interested in receiving compensation from Mr Oâ€™Donoghue to fund her studies but her mother had answered she would prefer to see him behind bars.
At Limerick Circuit Court, barrister Mark Nicholas told Judge Carroll Moran that Mr Oâ€™Donoghue was not appealing the conviction itself but the severity of the 10-month prison sentence imposed by Judge Oâ€™Kelly.
After hearing that state solicitor Michael Murray wished to cross-examine the psychologist, Judge Moran agreed to adjourn the appeal to July 24.