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Sunday 30 April 2017

Charity worker jailed 6 times for sex assaults on bail over latest attack

Paul Moore (51) was captured on CCTV sexually assaulting a female passenger on the southside Dart
Paul Moore (51) was captured on CCTV sexually assaulting a female passenger on the southside Dart

A serial sex attacker - jailed six times for rape and sexual assault over the last 25 years -remains on bail today following his latest conviction for sexually assaulting a woman on the Dart.

Paul Moore (51) assaulted the victim, an au pair, in 2014 as she was travelling home from college on the southside Dart.

Gardai examined CCTV footage of the incident - but Moore was not recognised on the video until two years later.

In the meantime, he sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in the city centre after stopping them in the street and asking them for a cigarette.

In 2015, he was jailed for 15 months for these attacks.

In that case, Judge Martin Nolan noted Moore "has a predisposition to violence towards women which manifests as rape and sexual assault".

Disorder

His other offences include raping a musician in 2001, for which he received 10 years, and raping another woman in 1995, for which he received seven years.

Moore of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman on the Dart on August 28, 2014.

Breffni Gordon BL, defending, said Moore had spent a significant part of his life in jail.

Counsel pointed to conflicting opinions on what caused him to commit these crimes. One psychiatric report blamed a head injury he received in 1982, while another blamed an "organic personality disorder."

Yesterday, Mr Gordon asked the court to hear from Moore's case officer in the Probation Service to see if Moore could "deal with his problems" without going to prison.

Judge Melanie Greally said Moore's inability to desist from offending, no matter what punishment was imposed, was a matter of real concern to the court. She adjourned sentencing until Monday to hear from the case officer and remanded Moore on continuing bail.

The judge said any sentence would have to "maximise the ability of the services to supervise Moore".

Garda Peter Brown told the court that Moore sat near the young woman on the Dart and started making small talk before moving to sit beside her and commenting on her clothes.

Moore had a toy turtle in his hand which he said he found on the ground. He said he was looking for a child to give it to.

Crazy

He told her "you probably think I'm crazy" and asked why she was laughing even though she was not.

The woman tried to ignore him but he kept talking to her. He began to touch her breasts and then pulled at her trousers, only stopping when another passenger sat near them. The woman got off the Dart before her stop to avoid Moore knowing where she lived.

Gda Brown circulated CCTV of the incident but no one recognised Moore. However, when he did so again in 2016, Moore was identified and arrested.

He accepted it was him on the CCTV but said he could not remember the incident.

Moore's defence counsel said he lived a very isolated life and had been disowned by his family. He works one day a week in a charity shop.

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