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Sunday 19 August 2018

Dad went up to garda on street to ask for sex

GUILTY: Undercover officer was on beat

A FATHER-of-two who made a "reckless" request from an undercover female garda in Dublin city centre was arrested for trying to hire her as a prostitute.

Construction worker Ion Bondor (37) walked past the officer several times before approaching her and making the advance that led to his arrest.

A judge said he would consider leaving him without a conviction if he made a charity donation within a month.

The accused, of Ashfield Park, Terenure, pleaded guilty to a charge of soliciting for the purposes of prostitution, under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.

The prosecuting garda told the court she was on plainclothes beat duty at Henry Street on December 30, 2010 when she was approached by the defendant.

"He solicited me for the purpose of prostitution at 8.10pm," the garda said.

Bondor was cautioned, arrested and taken to the Bridewell Garda Station, where he was charged with the aid of an interpreter.

The court heard he had five previous convictions -- for public order offences and drunk driving.

Bondor had been fined and banned from driving for three years.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said the accused had apologised to the garda before the court and had attempted to explain his position.



Embarrassed

"There was no intention to carry it out, it was a reckless comment he made to you," Mr O'Mahony told the garda.

"He did walk by me several times before he made the comment," she replied.

The court heard Bondor was married with two children and worked infrequently in the building industry.

"He gets work at the drop of a hat through a phone call," Mr O'Mahony said.

Bondor was "very embarrassed" to be in court and although he had previous convictions, none were for similar offences.

Judge Denis McLoughlin said he would dismiss the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act if the defendant made a €150 donation to charity in lieu of a fine.

He adjourned the case until March 10 to give the accused time to make the contribution. Bondor was remanded on continuing bail.

aphelan@herald.ie

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