Monthly Archives: July 2012

Businessman gets six months in jail for sexual assault

A successful Dublin businessman who rugby tackled a woman to the ground and sexually assaulted her as she walked home at night, has been jailed for six months. Aviation broker Anthony Lyons, aged 53, of Griffith Avenue has also been ordered to pay €75,000 compensation to his 27-year-old victim who he attacked on October 3, 2010. Mr Lyons's victim was walking along a North Dublin Street in the early hours when she was grabbed by the businessman, pushed towards a wooded area and sexually assaulted until a passer-by heard her screams and her attacker fled. The 53 year old has never denied that he was the perpetrator, but at his trial he argued that his new cholesterol medication was to blame and that he had been overcome by an irresistible urge. The jury rejected...
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Alan Shatter proposes referendum on courts overhaul

The Justice Minister Alan Shatter is proposing a referendum to overhaul the courts. Mr Shatter said the plans, approved by Cabinet, include a move to amend article 34 of the Constitution, in order to allow the Oireachtas to establish a Court of Civil Appeal and new family courts. He is also in favour of changes to procedures under Article 26 which allows a President to refer a bill to the Supreme Court, in order to test its constitutionality. Minister Shatter announced the plans at the launch of the Courts Service Annual Report....
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