Rugby tackled a woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her as she walked home at night.
Today, Judge Desmond Hogan said the manner in which the attack was committed puts it at the higher end of the scale as it involved violence of a seriously frightening nature.
But Mr Lyons is considered at low risk of reoffending, and as a man of means the judge ordered him to pay the injured party €75,000 compensation.
However, there were shocked gasps when he suspended all but six months of a six-year prison sentence and outside the court the victim’s grandmother said: “Money talks”.
The Victim’s account:
The victim was walking along a north Dublin street when Lyons came up behind her and put his arm around her before asking if she would be okay getting home. He then rugby tackled her to the ground.
“As he was trying to push me into dark area where the wooded area is, I hit him over the head with my phone as hard as I could,” she said. “I was screaming ‘no, no, no’ and ‘help’ and everything I could think of.”
The woman said she was face down onthe ground while Lyons was groping and fondling her from behind. She said his full weight was on her and she couldn’t move.
“I said at one point I was pregnant and asked him to stop,” she said.
The woman said that while Lyons was struggling to remove her underwear, she phoned gardai and told them she was being raped. She said she was fondled and digitally penetrated during the attack until a passer-by came to her aid causing Lyons to flee.
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