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 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.
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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