Judge Of The Day

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[Circuit Court Judge Carroll Moran]

Businessman Martin Quigley, now aged 48, of Ballygarron, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, dragged a teenager into a bedroom of a Killarney B&B and sexually assaulted her. He has been given a two-year suspended sentence at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee.

Quigley had spent the day drinking before the sexual assault.

Anne Lucey, in the Irish Examiner, reports:

The man had 12 previous convictions, including two for assault and one for burglary, but none for sexual assault, Judge [Carroll] Moran said. “The balance of his convictions appear to indicate he has a drink problem and he accepts this,” added the judge.

However, Judge Moran said the accused’s actions were “completely unacceptable” and had “a hugely traumatic effect” on the woman, adding she was entitled to be in the B&B without interference.

However, while there was a degree of violence involved, all of the touching was outside her clothes, he said.

Businessman avoids jail for sex assault in B&B (Anne Lucey, Irish Examiner)

Pic: Irish Examiner