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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sex offender 'told fans he worked for One Direction'

Brian Mulvihill leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts.
Brian Mulvihill leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts.

a convicted sex offender was using a Twitter account to claim he worked for One Direction and asked fans to contact him, a court has heard.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has asked Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for an order preventing Brian Mulvihill (36) - who claimed he was friends with Niall Horan - from 
contacting children online.

Mulvihill (36) was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 for what a judge called "an appalling" aggravated sexual assault on a young woman. The Court of Criminal Appeal later suspended the last four years of this term.

Shortly afterwards, he received a five-year term in Ennis Circuit Criminal Court for a separate sexual assault.

Mulvihill, who is originally from Kilkee, Co Clare but with a current address of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, was released under supervision in September 2012 on condition that he follows all directions of the Probation Services for 10 years.

Yesterday, the prosecution applied at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for five orders intended to reduce the risk posed by Mulvihill following several instances of inappropriate post-release behaviour.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the matter so the Court of Criminal Appeal can clarify the exact terms of Mulvihill's post-release supervision. She also set a hearing date for her court for October 31.

The DPP asked the court to order that Mulvihill not use the internet to contact minors and or sex offenders.

He also asked for an order banning him from changing his name, consuming alcohol and entering licenced premises.

Garda Denis Mulligan told the court Mulvihill was taking an adult education course. There were five women in his class and four of them had made complaints about him.

The garda said he also falsely claimed to classmates that he was getting an operation for throat cancer to get their sympathy.

Gda Mulligan also learned that Mulvihill had set up seven or eight Twitter accounts on which he falsely claimed to work for One Direction. Mulvihill asked fans to get in contact.

The garda told Judge Ring that this was concerning as the band are very popular with young girls. "It would be an attraction to a schoolgirl," he said.

The defence said that the prosecution's requests are 
disproportionate and unnecessary.

Counsel added that his client is co-operating with the Probation Service and now abstaining from alcohol.

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