Man who molested Limerick girls on Luas to be sentenced in April

John Daly admitted sexually assaulting two Limerick girls on the Luas

John Daly admitted sexually assaulting two Limerick girls on the Luas


The sentencing of a serial sex offender who molested two Limerick girls on the Luas while they were en-route to a Rihanna concert has been adjourned for a second time.

John Daly, aged 53, of Cabra Park, Phibsboro in Dublin targeted the girls, who were aged 13 and 16, as they were travelling on the Luas on October 3, 2011.

Last October, Dublin Circuit Court heard evidence from Garda Cathriona Gilmartin who told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that the girls had been brought to Dublin by one of their fathers on the day of the offence and he had put them on the LUAS at Heuston Station when they noticed the heavy traffic.

The tram was busy and Daly approached one of the girls, stood to her right hand side and put his hands between her legs.

He touched her outside her shorts and tights and continued to molest her until the group got off the stop at the O2.

The teenager later reported to gardaí that she felt she had “no way out” because she had been squashed against a bar. She said she didn’t know how to get out of the situation.

Daly placed his hand on the other teenager’s backside after she bumped into him and apologised for standing on his toe.

She told gardai she moved out of Daly’s way at the first opportunity she got.

The girls’ father was waiting for the teenager’s at the platform at the O2 at which point they told him what had happened. The girls continued onto the Rihanna concert and later made statements to gardaí at their local station in Limerick.

The court heard that both girls were able to give a good description of Daly, who was later identified by gardai from CCTV.

Daly was arrested by gardaí three months after the offences took place as he was about to board a LUAS tram at the O2 following a One Direction concert.

He admitted during interview that he had deliberately got on the LUAS, heading for the Rihanna concert, to touch young girls and get sexually aroused.

He said he had it “in my head to do it” and had been doing it “for my own satisfaction”.

At a previous hearing, Judge Mary Ellen Ring revoked his bail and remanded him in custody until today for sentence. She ordered a report from the Probation Service to see what treatment Daly can undergo in jail.

Today, Judge Ring agreed to a recommendation from the Probation Service to a further assessment of Daly and set a date for sentencing on April 28, next.


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