Jul 302012
 

What’s the difference between Anthony Lyons, sex offender, and Joseph Soap, sex offender?

Seventy-five thousand euros, that’s the difference.  Oh, and the right address, the right accent, the right demeanour in court, the right school, the right tailor and the right friends.

Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons jumped on a girl last October, forced her to the ground and committed a serious sexual assault.  He did so on the road where he lives, affluent Griffith Avenue, at the end of which is a busy police station.

The wealthy aviation broker initially denied the attack, but a month later, after changing lawyers, he confirmed that the victim was not a liar.   Yes, he had attacked the young woman exactly as she claimed, but he blamed his behaviour on a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs he was taking:  cholesterol medication and cough syrup.  According to Lyons, this cocktail created “irresistible urges”, an argument the jury found less than compelling, as well they might, since it’s nonsense.  They convicted him, and this is where it gets interesting.

The judge had no choice but to sentence Lyons for his crime, which he described as violence of a seriously frightening nature.  He further acknowledged that the attack will have a lasting traumatic effect on the victim and he ordered Lyons to pay €75,000 compensation to his victim.

How did the judge know that Lyons could afford such a figure?  I don’t know, but this is the sort of expense that would not hurt a man like Anthony Lyons.  This might mean he can’t afford a new 7-series BMW for a couple of years.

The judge was careful to emphasise that the amount was by court order, not compensation offered.  It would therefore have no influence on the leniency with which the court treated the sex attacker and he imposed a six-year prison sentence.

 

Appropriate enough, you might think, until you find out that the judge then suspended five and a half years, based on a variety of reasons.

What reasons?

Lyons was previously of good character.

He expressed remorse, (even though he waited a month before admitting that the victim was not lying about his attack).

There was a myriad of testimonials.   I have no idea what this means, but can only presume that all his other wealthy, influential, well-connected friends wrote letters saying what a great guy he is.

And, wait for it, there was a compensation order of €75,000.  That’s right.  The same compensation order that was going to have no effect on the severity of his treatment by the court.

Anthony Lyons, sentenced to six years for attacking a girl, causing terror and humiliation, eneded up getting six months, of which he might serve four.

What about that, then?

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  18 Responses to “Anthony Lyons Sentenced to Six Years for Sex Assault. Will serve Four Months.”

Comments (18)
  1.  

    What is the betting that his six months are spent in the open prison with the “Quinn Lads”, and the the €75K is somehow tax deductible.

  2.  

    Judge-speak can be a study all on its own but not many are cognizant of it.
    No third level institute will ever confer a degree in it.
    It could be referred to as Politics in Law.

  3.  

    Banana republic comes to mind.

  4.  

    Old Etonians is what strikes me. No banana republic there. It happens everywhere.

  5.  

    Pretty sickening

    Although I don’t think his wealth is relevant. The Irish criminal justice system is just too lenient. It’s too lenient on the rich and the poor. It’s too lenient on corporate criminals and conventional criminals. Guys with 50 criminal convictions get 6 months for their 51st crime. They guy who stabbed a Pakistani shopkeeper in Dublin two days ago got out of prison the same day. It’s a total and utter unmigated farce.

    Ted

  6.  

    Six years eh? and five and a half suspended. I’d have planted some contraband garlic on the fucker to ensure he went down for the full term.

  7.  

    Bock not nearly so often or so blatently.

  8.  

    I’m surprised he got any time at all.

  9.  

    I hope his cellmate is on the same cocktail of drink and drugs that Mr Lyons enjoyed before he attacked his victim.

  10.  

    You hope his cell mate is slightly drunk, has high cholesterol, and a cold.

    So do I.

  11.  

    It would be nice to think that this was the result of an assessment of the threat he posed to society, and of the potential to “hit him where it hurts”, but of course it isn’t, because he is the very kind of offender who does need to be locked up. God forbid a sex criminal would displace someone who had no TV licence from prison!

    And only this morning I was listening to the guys on Newstalk pooh poohing Quinn supporters from Cavan who were suggesting that High Court judges were, potentially, something other than paragons of virtue. I’m not saying Quinn is the innocent that some are portraying him as, far from it, but its a serious possibility he would have been treated differently if he was an old boy instead of a mucker.

  12.  

    The profile of the victim is probably even more interesting. I doubt she or her family had anywhere near the amount of money or connections that Lyons possessed. The people of this country are prey for the well connected classes. It seems they can cheat, steal, lie, and even rape us and the courts will, at best, give them a slap on the wrist and not allow them to be a company director any-more.

    The judges have a lot to answer for.

  13.  

    Not to deny the disturbing old school tie aspect of the case; just to mention (merely in passing) that the Brehon Law sytem of redress relied almost totally on compensation of the victim, with the price based on the victim’s social status and the perpetrator’s ability to pay. The Perpetrator was only open to incarceration or worse if they refused to pay. I think the victim should take the money, and also pursue him through the civil courts. Will this guy be registered as a sex offender ? What difference do testimonials make ?

  14.  

    I see the practice of paying Blood Money to escape jail time is alive and well in Limerick too:

    http://www.live95fm.ie/news/news-item/men-avoid-jail-after-paying-compensation-to-prostitutes/b64487e3-ec52-43b3-a029-65a07b84ddcd

  15.  

    It would make me very happy if i was the girls farther sooner he is out the sooner i could visit him :)

  16.  

    A complete devaluation of the woman’s life is what it suggests to me. It says “this rich bugger is far more valuable than some random woman so let’s get him back to normal as soon as possible even though she may be scarred forever”. Since I’ve read here about rapists released and home on the train with the person they raped, women who have to seek medical help with a terminal pregnancy abortion in another country, and numerous other bits and pieces I’d say it points to a systemic lack of regard for women in a country.
    Discuss.

  17.  

    I don’t know. I think it’s about whether you belong to an influential elite or not. Remember how thousands of men were treated after abuse in industrial schools. By contrast, look how quickly RTE collapsed when Monica Leech’s good name was impugned on Liveline.

    It’s all about power.

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