Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sex offender had stolen woman's bra and knickers

Padraig Hopkins (41) wore the woman's stolen underwear before asking her what she thought

Padraig Hopkins
Padraig Hopkins

A CONVICTED sex offender who harassed his neighbour by following her into her apartment and ordering her to give him her underwear is to be sentenced later.

Padraig Hopkins (41), who is on the Sex Offenders Register since he was sentenced to four years in prison in 2008 for a false imprisonment and sexual assault charge, also took the woman's bra and knickers from the laundry room in the apartment block and wore them before asking her what she thought.


Hopkins, of The Glen in Waterford, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing Rutha Sventriata on June 26, 2014, at Leinster Road in Rathmines.

Garda Paul O'Hara told prosecution that Ms Sventriata lived in the same apartment block as Hopkins.

When she arrived home from work, she saw Hopkins at the front door.

He followed her into her apartment and screamed at her to give him her underwear. He then ran away when she screamed at him.

Gda O'Hara told the court that prior to this incident, Ms Sventriata went to collect her laundry in the basement when she saw Hopkins wearing her underwear, causing her to scream at him.

Hopkins was arrested and admitted he followed her into her apartment and said he had wanted to tell her that he was moving out and she had no reason to be afraid of him. He admitted stealing her underwear.

Hopkins, who has 16 previous convictions, claimed he was sexually assaulted as a child.


The defence said the reason for his offending is rooted in acts committed on him as a child.

Gda O'Hara agreed that no threats or violence were used against Ms Sventriata.

Mr McGrave said the defendant is keen to get regular treatment. Judge Martin Nolan noted the psychological report showed Hopkins to be a "very damaged human through no fault of his own".

Judge Nolan said he will give the defence until June to come up with a suitable course for Hopkins but if they cannot find one he is left with no option but to imprison the defendant.

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