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http://www.kerryseye.com/listowel_bouncer_jailed_for.html

A judge this week described as a “web of lies” the evidence given by a Listowel man charged with sexual assault on a woman in the town last year, before sentencing him to seven years in prison for the offence. Two years of the seven-year sentence were suspended.

There were extraordinary scenes in Tralee courthouse at the sentencing of Danny Foley, Meen, Listowel, on Wednesday, after he had been found guilty by a jury of sexual assault on a female on June 15th last year.

Mr Foley hung his head and wiped a tear from his eye as he heard his sentence and was told he is also to be placed on the sexual assault register for life.

Mr Foley’s mother, who was in the public gallery, screamed hysterically when the sentence was announced, and relatives rushed around her in support.

Judge Donagh McDonagh ordered that anyone who commented on the sentence should leave the court, and the woman was assisted out of the courtroom.


Before the judge passed the sentence on Wednesday morning, approximately fifty supporters filed up, one-by-one to the dock, where Mr Foley sat between two prison wardens.

They shook his hand, hugged him, and many were crying. They all sat in the gallery as As he delivered his sentence, Judge Donagh McDonagh referred to what he described as Mr Foley’s “revolting assertions” and “odious language” used regarding his victim.

The judge said that his claims that he engaged in a mutual sexual act with the victim were designed to “add insult to injury”, and to demean and degrade the woman.

He said that Mr Foley’s behaviour “certainly gave lie” to statements from two character witnesses.

Listowel businessman Dermot O’Mahony had said Mr Foley was “inoffensive, courteous and calm” in his dealings with others. Fr Sean Sheehy, the Parish Priest of Castlegregory, said Mr Foley had the highest regard for women and didn’t have an abusive bone in his body.

Judge McDonagh described Mr Foley’s evidence as “self-serving” and referred to his “spinning his web of lies”. “It is quite clear the jury didn’t accept his evidence,” said Judge McDonagh.

“Not alone the lies he told were revolting but the language used by him in describing his victim and referring to her as ‘your wan’ when he knew well who she was, was equally so.

“He embarked on a further series of lies to gardai that is simply not credible as he later admitted he told lies. There is something particularly odious about his allegations against the victim and it seem the accused wished to add insult to injury he humiliated her and demeaned her in the eyes of the jury and public.’

Foley gave graphic description to the jury about what he claimed were consensual sexual acts.

Judge McDonagh said it was evident from the demeanour of the victim and her inability to recall all events clearly that what happened was not consensual.

“No reasonable man could believe a girl or woman in a condition like this could reasonably consent to a sexual encounter of any kind,” he said.

“From the medical evidence it was clear that she suffered extensive bruising, and numerous scratches consistent with being dragged.”

Judge McDonagh said that the woman, who gave a victim impact report and spoke of her trauma since the assault, showed remarkable dignity in the circumstances.


Statement

The victim’s two-page statement said that for a long time after the incident she didn’t trust men and couldn’t bear to be in the same room as them.

She said she felt insecure, lost her confidence and was very uncomfortable. She was on anti depressants and couldn’t sleep at night due to the nightmares.

She was unable to have a bath on her own and has to call her sister for help. She said she still feels restricted in her life and fells people are talking about her.

Judge McDonagh concluded that the man showed little remorse and had not apologised “There is no doubt he intended to commit this assault,” he said.

The jury during the three day trial had heard that both met in a local nightclub. The woman had a number of drinks and when he bought her a Black Russian shot, she felt sick and wanted to go home.

Mr Foley accompanied her and after initially walking a distance he carried her towards the rear of a car park, where gardai later found him leaning over her.

She was half-naked and semi-conscious, and was removed to hospital in a very distressed state.

Foley initially said he had come across her as he relieved himself, but later told gardai he had lied, and claimed they had been together consensually. There was no clinical evidence of sexual assault.

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bookworm007 Registered User
#197

What are you on about and why bother stating the facts - sure they are they for all of us to read, no need for you to point them out in a clearly biased manner.

I am stating the facts so people are aware that it wasn't rape. There was no rape conviction and there was no clinical evidence of sexual assault. Would you care to elaborate on my "clearly biased manner"?

Vegeta Moderator
#198

dloob said:
Ahh so this is the second time this sort of thing has happened in the area.
Lovely.


Yeah it baffles me how that is considered acceptable behaviour. Actually it doesn't I see something similar happen in my own life.

Makes me angry

oceanclub Registered User
#199

bookworm007 said:


I am stating the facts so people are aware that it wasn't rape. There was no rape conviction and there was no clinical evidence of sexual assault. Would you care to elaborate on my "clearly biased manner"?


So we're been led to believe that in a county which has an abysmally low conviction for sexual assault, the lowest in the country(*) that somehow one of the few that happens is a miscarriage of justice?

(*) To put that in perspective, in 2006, out of 336 people counselled for rape, 95 went to the Gardai, and there were precisely four convictions.

http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2006/08/31/story12117.asp

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herya Registered User
#200

bookworm007 said:
I am stating the facts so people are aware that it wasn't rape.


This has been pointed out repeatedly in this thread, also by the mods.

bookworm007 Registered User
#201

oceanclub said:
So we're been led to believe that in a county which has an abysmally low conviction for sexual assault, the lowest in the country(*) that somehow one of the few that happens is a miscarriage of justice?

(*) To put that in perspective, in 2006, out of 336 people counselled for rape, 95 went to the Gardai, and there were precisely four convictions.

http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2006/08/31/story12117.asp

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And on with the rape discussion......

Kimia Registered User
#202

What point are you trying to make here Bookworm?

It's already been clarified that it wasn't rape.

Overature Registered User
#203

fair play for her for going through with it, he should be shot,

in the report it said that most of the people out side the court house were "middle age men", bunch of pervs

Silverfish Moderator
#204

bookworm007 said:
And on with the rape discussion......


We know it wasn't rape. It's been clarified again and again. We have edited posts to remove statements of rape.

If you have an issue with a post, report it and let the mods deal with it. Thank you.

Wibbs Je suis un Rock star
#205

The next one describing this as rape gets a ban.

Ash.J.Williams Registered User
#206

Just to ensure we're still on topic:
Gardai on patrol, found a bruised semi conscious woman,behind a skip, semi naked from the waste down, with the guy on top of her. He said he found her, while he was relieving himself, CCTV showed him carrying her to the spot.
The the judged stated that his evidence and language set out to publicly demean the victim.

"Yesterday handing down sentence Judge McDonagh said Foley had told lie after lie and sentenced him to seven years, suspending the final two and ordering he be placed on the sex offenders' register for life."

NameMe Banned
#207

why all the furore here?

Shouldn't we be satisfied that the scumbag got convicted when so few sexual assault or rape cases go the distance

I think a lot of people are displaying their snobbery towards rural communities here rather than looking at the bigger picture which is that justice was done and this thug, no matter how popular he was in his town, was put away. Justice was served - we should be satisfied about that.

And if local businessmen and parish priests and bigwigs in the town want to shake his hand and say he is a nice guy, then let them, that is their right, they know the guy, we do not. However it does expose them as being friends or supportive of a sex offender. If they can live with that, so be it. Let's not tar all small towns in ireland or all the people of Listowel as being somehow complicit in this act. Get over your small town prejudices - THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE, the larger issue to my mind is the social stigma attached to reporting sex crimes and the appalingly low rates of conviction for these crimes IN CITY AND COUNTRY.

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humanji Registered User
#208

Ash.J.Williams said:
Just to ensure we're still on topic:
Gardai on patrol, found a bruised semi conscious woman,behind a skip, semi naked from the waste down, with the guy on top of her. He said he found her, while he was relieving himself, CCTV showed him carrying her to the spot.
The the judged stated that his evidence and language set out to publicly demean the victim.

"Yesterday handing down sentence Judge McDonagh said Foley had told lie after lie and sentenced him to seven years, suspending the final two and ordering he be placed on the sex offenders' register for life."


Didn't he also have his penis in his hand?

herya Registered User
#209

NameMe said:

Shouldn't we be satisfied that the scumbag got convicted when so few sexual assault or rape cases go the distance

...

And if local businessmen and parish priests and bigwigs in the town want to shake his hand and say he is a nice guy, then let them, that is their right, they know the guy, we do not.


All very true but the flip side of the coin is that the victim is shunned or denied service. It's the same people and the same attitude - they not only shake his hand and cry for him, but also humiliate and isolate her.

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Warfi Registered User
#210

herya said:
All very true but the flip side of the coin is that the victim is shunned or denied service. It's the same people and the same attitude - they not only shake his hand and cry for him, but also humiliate and isolate her.


+1
It's difficult enough to bring an assault case through to trial. Imagine if someone else is assaulted in Listowel, after seeing what's happened in this case, do you think they'd go to the gardai about it let alone see it through to a trial?

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