Sex offender accused appeals length of sentence

Sex offender accused appeals length of sentence
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.

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 O’Donoghue, with an address at Fairgreen, Ballysimon Road, was convicted by Judge Eugene O’Kelly at Limerick District Court last November. On that occasion, Mr O’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 O’Donoghue had also posted “graphic and explicit” content on the girl’s Facebook page.

Judge O’Kelly had asked the victim whether she was interested in receiving compensation from Mr O’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 O’Donoghue was not appealing the conviction itself but the severity of the 10-month prison sentence imposed by Judge O’Kelly.

After hearing that state solicitor Michael Murray wished to cross-examine the psychologist, Judge Moran agreed to adjourn the appeal to July 24.