Woman was groped by ‘total stranger’ during charity event at Limerick pub

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The man on probation for 12 months on condition that he not commit any offence during that time

The man on probation for 12 months on condition that he not commit any offence during that time

A MAN who groped a total stranger during a charity event at a pub has been placed on probation for a year.

Michael Tully, aged 37, of Chapel Hill, Birdhill pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman at Morrisons Bar, Ballysimon at around midnight on September 17, 2017.

Limerick District Court was the woman was with a group of friends on the night and that the assault happened as she was at the bar ordering drinks.

Garda Alan Behan said the defendant “reached in and grabbed her by the vaginal area” while also attempting to bite her ear.

While nobody witnessed the incident, several people told gardai the woman’s mood had changed when she returned from the bar.

Garda Behan said the woman made a formal complaint later in the day and that the offence could clearly be seen on CCTV footage.

Barrister Kenny Kerins said his client, who has no previous convictions, was “quite intoxicated” on the night and that he is genuinely remorseful.

He said Mr Tully wrote a letter of apology to the victim following the incident and that he had also offered her compensation as a “token of remorse”.

It was accepted the defendant was “not on the  garda radar” prior to the incident and that he has not come to their attention since.

“He accepts it is a criminal act, he is absolutely horrified by his behavior,” he said adding there was no excuse for his client’s behaviour.

Mr Kerins said his client has not gone to a pub since the incident and seeking leniency he said a criminal conviction could have “ramifications for the rest of his life”.

Having considered the contents of a victim impact statement which was not read out in public, Judge Marian O’Leary said she hoped the defendant had “learned his lesson”.

She placed him on probation for 12 months on condition that he not commit any offence during that time. Mr Tully was also ordered not to have any contact with the woman who, at the request of the judge, has not been identified.