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A man described as having serious issues with women has been jailed for four years for the false imprisonment and sexual assault of a woman in Tralee.

Former apprentice jockey Maurice Fitzgerald of 28 Abbeyview, Buttlevant, Co Cork also admitted possessing duct tape and a scissors, and assaulting the woman causing her harm at the Dan Spring Road, Tralee on the 20th of September last year. Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard 22-year-old Maurice Fitzgerald approached the 18-year-old woman outside a late-night venue after she became separated from friends.

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He invited her to a party at his house at 4 Cherry Court, Ashleigh Downs, Tralee but when they arrived the house was in silence.

The woman went to sleep in a different bedroom to the accused, but he came into the room during the night and sexually assaulted her; she then left the house walking.

Fitzgerald followed her, grabbed her in a headlock, and knocked her to the ground; he was interrupted by two men returning home from work who contacted gardaí.

He fled the scene but was later apprehended by gardaí, who discovered black latex gloves, duct tape, and a scissors in the vicinity.

At the time Fitzgerald was on bail for the sexual assault of a woman in Tipperary; he was since sentenced to four years.

The court heard he was once a successful jockey but had to give up due to head injuries.

Yesterday at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Thomas O’Donnell said the accused has serious issues with women and must be considered a danger.

He sentenced Maurice Fitzgerald to four years in prison, to begin at the end of the other sentence in October 2019; he’s also been placed on the sex offenders register for life.