Thursday 17 January 2019

Back behind bars - serial sex attacker sentenced for assaulting au pair on Dart

Paul Moore
Paul Moore

A rapist who has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the past 25 years has been remanded in custody pending imposition of a prison term for the sexual assault of a woman.

Paul Moore (51) had been on bail awaiting sentencing for the offence, which took place on a Dart train in 2014.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Melanie Greally indicated she would impose a three-year sentence, with the final 18 months suspended, at the end of this month.


However, she said she wanted time to "fine tune the conditions" that would apply on Moore's release.

She said she was putting the case back to confirm if a special request could be made for urine analysis to be taken as part of post-release supervision by the Probation Service.

She remanded Moore in custody until the end of the month after hearing evidence from his case manager and probation officer on what conditions should apply to a partly-suspended sentence to assist him in refraining from offending.

They confirmed to the court that Moore had been compliant with the terms of his supervision after release from his previous jail term last year.

They advised that he should remain sober in public and his case manager suggested he observe a night-time curfew.

The court previously heard that Moore assaulted the victim, an au pair, as she was travelling home from college. Gardai examined CCTV footage of the incident, but Moore was not identified until last year.

In the meantime, he sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in the city centre. On each occasion, he stopped them in the street and asked for a cigarette.

In 2015, he was jailed for 15 months for those attacks. He was released last April and was subject to probation supervision.

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

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

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

At a previous hearing in February, Moore's defence counsel, Breffni Gordon, said his client had spent a significant part of his life in prison.


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

Mr Gordon had 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 Greally said Moore's inability to desist from offending, no matter what punishment was imposed, was a matter of real concern to the court.

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

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