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Thursday 14 December 2017

Alcohol and pills blamed for sex attack

THE trial of Dublin man accused of sexual assault has heard he admits attacking the woman, but claims he was overcome by an 'uncontrollable urge' owing to a cocktail of alcohol and medication.

Anthony Lyons (53) of Griffith Avenue in Dublin pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman on October 3, 2010.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the woman was attacked by Mr Lyons during the early hours of the morning while walking home on a north Dublin road.

The jury was told that Mr Lyons had drunk four or five pints of Guinness and was overcome by an irresistible impulse because of a combination of alcohol, cholesterol medicine and cough syrup.

The prosecution said Lyons admitted the physical act of sexual assault but claims he lacked the mental element because he was overcome with an uncontrollable urge.

The complainant said she was walking home in the early hours of the morning when she heard twigs snap behind her.

She said Lyons put his arm around her and asked if she would be okay getting home.

He then gripped her around the waist "like a rugby tackle stance" and tried to force her to the ground.

"As he was trying to push me into dark area where the wooded area is, I hit him over the head with my phone as hard as I could," she said. "I was screaming 'No, no, no' and 'Help'."

She was face down on the ground while Lyons was groping and fondling her from behind. She said his full weight was on her and she couldn't move. "I said at one point I was pregnant and asked him to stop," she said.

The woman said that while Lyons was trying to remove her underwear, she phoned gardai and told them she was being raped.

She said she was fondled and digitally penetrated. A man who saw what was happening ran to help and shouted at Lyons, who got up and ran away.

The woman was covered in mud and in a distressed state.

Gardai drove the woman around the area and within minutes she was able to identify Lyons, who was walking nearby and bleeding from a small wound on his head.

"He looked straight at me. I knew it was him," she said.

The trial continues in front of Judge Desmond Hogan and a jury of 11 men and one woman.

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