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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Sex offender jailed for six months

A CONVICTED sex offender who failed to provide gardai with his new address after he split up with his girlfriend has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Patrick Healy (27) claimed he had "no address to give" as he was homeless for a while after the break-up, and he was not deliberately trying to evade gardai.

However, he said he accepted he must comply with the terms of the Sex Offenders Register.

Judge James McDonnell said that Healy -- who has convictions for sexual assault and dangerous driving causing death - had "one of the worst criminal records I've had to deal with for a man of his age".

Sentencing Healy to six months in prison, Judge McDonnell said the defendant had committed "two of the most serious offences known to man".

Healy, of Buttercup Park in Darndale, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with failing to provide gardai with details of his address, contrary to Section 12 of the Sex Offenders Act, 2011.

The offence took place on dates between October 1, 2010 and January 13, 2011.



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Detective Sergeant Enda Mulryan said Healy was living at an address in the Hazelgrove estate in Tallaght but moved out in late October 2010.

Det Sgt Mulryan said Healy was advised of his obligations under the Sex Offenders Register, but failed to provide an address to gardai.

The court heard Healy had 26 previous convictions, including a conviction for sexual assault when he was 14 years old, for which he received a three-year sentence.

Healy also received a five-year sentence in 2005 for his part in a petrol station robbery in Co Monaghan which led to the death of his accomplice in a high-speed car chase.

His defence lawyer said Healy lived in Tallaght with his girlfriend for over a year, but moved out after they split up.

She said Healy was homeless for a while, and lived in hostels. He did not believe he had an address to give gardai. She said he was not trying to evade gardai.

The court heard Healy hadn't been in trouble for over three years, and was trying to get on with his life. He is currently unemployed.

Judge McDonnell said that in his 10 years sitting in Tallaght court Healy had one of the worst criminal records he'd come across for a man of his age.

The judge sentenced him to six months in prison.

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