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Thursday 8 December 2016

Sex offender didn't tell guards of move

Dublin District Court

George O'Mahoney (24) failed to tell gardai of his moves
George O'Mahoney (24) failed to tell gardai of his moves

A YOUNG sex offender moved address twice in the space of two months without notifying gardai, a court has heard.

George O'Mahoney (24) was having accommodation problems at the time.

He was obliged to tell gardai of his whereabouts under regulations for those convicted of sexual offences, but did not do so.

O'Mahoney, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to two counts of failing to notify gardai of a change of address on November 15 last year and January 29 this year.

He also admitted failing to notify gardai of where he was staying on October 21, 2014.

The prosecuting garda told the court the defendant was subject to the requirements of the Act since a conviction in 2013.

She said he was staying at a hostel in Dublin 8 when he moved out twice and did not tell gardai.

He had been convicted of offences including sexual assault and indecency.

The defence said the accused had moved because he had "not settled" and was between accommodation.

Letters from Focus Ireland and the Ana Liffey Drugs Project were presented to the court on his behalf. The garda said he had been at the hostel in question for a long period of time.

The defence said the defendant had had some problems getting long-term accommodation.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case, referring the accused to the Drugs Treatment Court.

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