September 2011

Man pays compensation after sexually assaulting teenager

A MAN who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenager has paid €3,500 in compensation to his victim and had his case adjourned at Balbriggan District Court last week for a Probation Report.

Robert Johnston of Lower Main Street in Rush committed the sexual assault on his victim on August 9, 2009 in Skerries.

If a favourable probation report is handed into court on November 17 th, Judge Patrick Brady said he would consider imposing community service in lieu of a ten-month prison service.

Judge Brady noted that the offences against the victim, who is a minor and cannot be named for legal reasons, is at the serious end of the scale in the District Court. ‘This offence between an adult and a child is a breach of trust as the victim is a minor and the defendant is 28 years of age,’ noted Judge Brady.

He placed Johnston, who has no previous convictions, on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and remanded him on continuing bail until November 17 for a Probation Report.

Judge Brady said he would probably sentence Johnston to 200 hours community service in lieu of a ten month prison sentence