Kerry man who followed 17-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her receives prison sentence

A Tralee man who followed a 17-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her has received a three-year prison sentence.

Patrick McCarthy of Boherbee, Tralee, pleaded guilty to sexual assault, arising from an incident which occurred in the town on October 21st, 2009.

Garda Mary Linnane told the court that the victim was walking home from a fancy dress party at 3:30 in the morning and passed the accused’s home.

Mr McCarthy then followed her, threatened her and tried to pull her inside the wall of his property.

The court heard the accused then put his hands inside her clothes and underwear.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said she’s suffered since the incident; she finds it hard to trust men, struggles to sleep and has lost confidence.

The 34-year-old accused was charged following the sexual assault in 2009, however, he then left the jurisdiction.

Mr McCarthy has 53 previous convictions in total, both in Ireland and the UK, including one for voyeurism and three for racial and religious offences.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders list in the UK.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said the offence was a nasty incident, which had a considerable psychological impact on the victim.

He imposed a three-year sentence, backdated to September of last year, and placed the accused on the Sex Offenders Register.