Monday, July 30, 2012

High-Profile aviation broker gets just six months for sex attack but he must pay victim €75k

Anthony Lyons ...
His lawyer told the court he was a 'businessman of impeccable character' involved in the aviation industry. 
Photograph: Collins Courts

A high-profile aviation broker will serve just six months in jail for sexual assault after a Judge today suspended five-and-a-half years of a six year prison sentence.

Anthony Lyons (51), of Griffith Avenue in Dublin, was also ordered by Judge Desmond Hogan to pay his victim €75,000.

Last month a jury rejected his claim that his cholesterol medication had made him do it.

Anthony Lyons (51), of Griffith Avenue in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court to the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in the early hours of October 3, 2010.

The victim’s family today reacted angrily to the sentence and said “money talks”.

Lyons was head of the aviation company Santos Dumont, before stepping aside after he had been charged.

He admitted the attack but claimed that he had been overcome with an "irresistible urge" due to the combination of alcohol, the cholesterol medicine Rosuvastatin and cough syrup.

The eight-day trial had heard extensive expert evidence on the potential effects of the cholesterol drug. The jury took just over three hours to reject the defence claim that the medicine had caused Lyons to lose control of his actions and attack the woman.

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